Dry Matter Intake
Spineless Opuntia can represent up to 40% of the Dry Matter intake of a ruminant, such as dairy cow, beef cattle, sheep, goats. Simple carbohydrates provide easily degradable sugars to the animal, increasing rumen fermentation efficiency. It has the 75 to 90% of the metabolizable energy provided by maize silage.
Fermented spineless Opuntia provides up to 10 times more crude protein per hectare than soybean and 2 times more crude protein than lucerne per hectare.