Effect of treatment with urea on the chemical composition and digestibility of sugarcane bagasse

  • Omar Araujo-Febres Asociacion Latinoamericana de Produccion Animal https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9417-616X
  • Alis Teresa Marquez Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado, Barquisimeto, Venezuela
  • Giovanny Marzocca Facultad de Ciencias Agropecuarias, Universidad Rafael Urdaneta, Maracaibo
Keywords: Ammonification, urea, cane bagasse, crude protein, in vitro digestibility


Fresh cane bagasse was used to evaluate the effect of ammonification with urea (0, 5 and 10%) and silage on the content of dry matter (DM), crude protein (PC), acid detergent fiber (FDA), fiber neutral detergent (NDF) and lignin (L) and to in vitro dry matter digestibility (DIVMS). The material was kept in plastic microsilos for eight weeks at room temperature (26-32 ° C). The experimental design was completely randomized with four repetitions. The first increase in urea (5%) produced an increase in the content of DM (48.4 to 51.6%, P <.05) and DIVMS (30.0 to 40.7%, P <.01), while the second increase (10%) had no further effect. However, there was a progressive change at the two levels of urea in the contents of PC (2.4, 15.5 and 31.6%, P <.01), FDA (63.4, 60.2, and 57.5%, P <.05) and L (14.0, 11.8 and 11.2%, P <.01) and a non-significant trend in NDF (90.8, 89.2 and 85.1%). Ammonification with urea improved the bromatological composition of the bagasse.


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Author Biography

Omar Araujo-Febres, Asociacion Latinoamericana de Produccion Animal

Zoot., Ing. Prod. Anim., M. Sc. Ruminant Nutrition, Digestive Physiology. Professor (retired) at the University of Zulia, Venezuela, Faculty of Agronomy, Animal Science Department. Former President of ALPA (2001-2003).


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Araujo-Febres, Omar, Alis Teresa Marquez, and Giovanny Marzocca. 1996. “Effect of Treatment With Urea on the Chemical Composition and Digestibility of Sugarcane Bagasse”. Archivos Latinoamericanos De Producción Animal 4 (1), 1-6. https://ojs.alpa.uy/index.php/ojs_files/article/view/2928.
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