ISSN: 0041-3216 (Online), 0041-3216 (Print)
Volume 70 Number 2
Assessment of the chemical composition of selected tropical legume seeds as animal feed
Seeds of 11 introduced tropical pasture legumes were analysed for protein, fats, and minerals. The seeds offer a valuable source of protein, and, in some cases, fat for ruminants but there was a deficiency of sodium in all seeds evaluated with some imbalances in the Ca:P and N:S ratios between plant genotypes. There is considerable variation between genotypes and this will allow for selection of plants likely to meet animal production requirements in grazing systems.
Keywords: Tropical legume seeds; Protein; Fat; Fatty acids; Minerals; Potential value to ruminant feed