Document Type : Primary Research paper
Department of Animal Production, College of Agricultural Engineering Sciences, University of Baghdad, Iraq.
According to increasing prices of concentrate feeds around the world which lead us to search for an alternative traditional concentrates, that became a big concern to ruminant breeders. Dates are not suitable for human consumption, palm fronds and date pits are considered the wastes as a good alternative feed which can be high utilized efficacy by ruminants. These residues are characterized by high carbohydrate as an energy source and cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin which are essential for ruminant diet. All researches proved the possibility of using these wastes in the field of feeding ruminants, because of the improvement in the performance of the animal, increased intake, weight gain and digestion coefficient.