Evaluation of raw and heated velvet beans (Mucuna pruriens) as feed ingredients for broilers.

@article{Carmen1999EvaluationOR,
  title={Evaluation of raw and heated velvet beans (Mucuna pruriens) as feed ingredients for broilers.},
  author={J del Carmen and Abel G. Gernat and R Myhrman and Leslie Carew},
  journal={Poultry science},
  year={1999},
  volume={78 6},
  pages={866-72}
}
Velvet bean plants (Mucuna pruriens) are used widely outside the U.S. as a cover crop. The beans (VB), high in protein, contain toxic substances that possibly can be destroyed by heating. Few data are available on the use of VB in poultry nutrition. We examined the effects of raw and dry-roasted VB on broiler performance in two experiments. In Experiment 1, 10, 20, and 30% raw VB were substituted into nutritionally balanced rations fed 0 to 42 d of age. Raw VB caused progressive reductions in… CONTINUE READING

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