Comparison of sheep and goat preferences for different forms of stoned olive cake

Trop Anim Health Prod. 2023 May 16;55(3):203. doi: 10.1007/s11250-023-03623-2.


The objectives of this experiment were to investigate voluntary intake of stoned olive cake (SOC) in sheep and goats. The feeding experiment was carried out with a total of 10 animals consisting of five Karya yearlings and five Saanen goats (28.0 ± 2.0 and 37.0 ± 2.1 kg initial body weight (BW), respectively). Three feeds were offered as free-choice: alfalfa hay-maize silage mix (40:60 in dry matter basis), pelleted SOC, and ensiled SOC. Goats had higher (P < 0.001) dry matter (DM) and neutral detergent fiber (NDF) intakes than sheep, although digestible DM and NDF intakes were similar. Goats consumed more (P < 0.05) pelleted SOC and ensiled SOC than sheep as a percentage of total intake (29.2 and 22.4%, respectively). Both sheep and goats preferred (P < 0.001) the silage form of SOC compared to the pelleted form of SOC.

Keywords: Digestibility; Free choice; Goats; Intake; Lamb; Nutritive value.

MeSH terms

  • Animal Feed / analysis
  • Animals
  • Diet / veterinary
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Digestion*
  • Goats
  • Olea*
  • Sheep
  • Silage


  • Dietary Fiber