Use of sugarcane crop residue silage with different levels of inclusion in dual-purpose cow diets


  • Dixan Pozo Leyva
  • Ricardo Lopes Dias da Costa
  • Flávia Maria de Andrade Gimenes
  • Fernando Casanova Lugo



animal production, family livestock farming, local resources, silage, sugarcane by products


In the sugar cane production chain, different byproducts are generated that can be used in animal feed. Their conservation in the form of silage is an important contribution towards improving animal production in tropical regions. The objective was to evaluate the inclusion of different levels of silage from sugarcane crop residues in the diet of dairy cows in a family farming system. Nine lactating cows were used in a 3x3 Latin square design in triplicate and means were compared using the Tukey test. The treatment sequences were randomly assigned with periods of 14 days. Three treatments were formulated that included feed of mixed native grasses, supplemented with sugarcane top silage with different inclusion levels (2 kg/DM for T1, 4 kg/DM for T2 and 6 kg/DM for T3), along with commercial concentrate and corn silage. Milk production, its chemical composition, and the efficiency of feed utilization were evaluated. The average milk production, fat content and crude protein were, respectively, 9.38kg/cow/day, 32.6 and 340.0 g/cow/day. No differences were detected (P>0.05) for any of the variables evaluated, but the inclusion of 6 kg of sugarcane residues silage improved the animals' feed efficiency. Therefore, sugarcane top silage is a viable alternative for feeding ruminants.


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How to Cite

Leyva, D. P., da Costa, R. L. D., Gimenes, F. M. de A., & Lugo, F. C. (2024). Use of sugarcane crop residue silage with different levels of inclusion in dual-purpose cow diets. OBSERVATÓRIO DE LA ECONOMÍA LATINOAMERICANA, 22(1), 3177–3191.




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