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African oil-palm: A resource with high potential for livestock production in the tropics

African oil-palm is a tropical crop important in the world and particularly in Colombia. Recent studies have demonstrated a new potential for integrating livestock production with this crop. One of its by-products, African oil-palm fibre cake, is a potential energy food for pigs, replacing 50 percent of the molasses in multinutrient blocks. The raw oil can be used as an energy base for fattening pigs, supplemented by fodder. The whole fruit can also be the major source of energy for fattening pigs in integrated systems. Different types of supplementary feeding have been studied for these products, reducing protein intake with no effect on behaviour. The findings indicate new production alternatives for African oil-palm producers.

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