The strength of agricultural production in Malaysia lies in the large plantations of commercial crops such as rubber, oil palm, cocoa and pineapple, and the ruminant sector in particular is well suited to maintain competitiveness through the use of plantation and processing by-products.
Of the commercial plantation crops, oil palm produces the most abundant biomass, and oil palm fronds have been shown to be a very promising source of roughage for ruminants.
This paper examines the use of oil palm fronds as livestock feed, and discusses the potential of using local raw materials to boost the production of ruminants in Malaysia.
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Article made possible through the contribution of Malaysian Agriculture Research and Development Institute.