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Journal of Animal Science Abstract -

Feeding Value of Peanut Skins Added to Bermudagrass Pellets and Fed to Growing Beef Calves1


This article in JAS

  1. Vol. 60 No. 2, p. 329-333
    Received: Jan 24, 1984
    Accepted: Oct 18, 1984


  1. P. R. Utley2 and
  2. R. E. Hellwig3
  1. University of Georgia College of Agriculture, Coastal Plain Station, Tifton 31793-0748



The processing requirements and feeding value of pellets made from dehydrated bermudagrass forage with 5 or 10% added peanut skins was evaluated. Peanut skins served as a lubricant and reduced the energy required to pellet bermudagrass forage. However, levels greater than 5% reduced bulk density and pellet durability. Dry matter and calculated total digestible nutrient values were greater (P<.05) for the pellet diet containing 10% peanut skins than for the bermudagrass pellet diet without added peanut skins. Ether extract digestibility was higher for the 10% peanut skin diet, intermediate for the 5% peanut skin diet and lowest for the diet without added peanut skins (P<.05). Sixty-two steer calves were individually fed the three pelleted diets to compare animal performance. Calves fed the 90% bermudagrass and 10% peanut skin pellet diet gained 27% faster (P<.05) than control animals. Average daily feed intake, feed required per unit of gain and average total digestible nutrients required per unit of gain were not different (P<.05) because of diet treatment.

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