Halophytic Plants for Animal Feed: Associated Botanical and Nutritional Characteristics

Maximizing The Utilization Of Halophytes As Feed For Animals

Author(s): Salah Abdelaty Attia-Ismail

Pp: 154-161 (8)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815050387122010015

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The greater demand for feed in most developing countries imposes certain pressures. Therefore, the use of non conventional feed resources is gaining a rising significance. Halophytes can, then, play an important role in the well being of different peoples. This chapter discusses the constraints of feeding halophytes, consequences of feeding halophytes to animals, methods and strategies to maximize utilization of halophytes (breeding halophytes, overcoming the effects of plant secondary metabolites, overcoming the effects of high salt contents, treatment of halophytes prior to feeding (mechanical treatments, drying, haylage, ensiling, pelleting and feed cubes or blocks, biological treatments, feed additives and supplements)). 

Keywords: ADF, Animals, Ash, Constraints, Digestibility, Energy, Feed quality, Feeding value, Halophytes, Lipids, NDF, Nutritive value, Performance, Proteins, Ruminants.

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