Forage chicory (Cichorium intybus L.) - pretability in crops and effects in ruminants feeding REVIEW

Florin Cristian Neciu, Gheorghe Săplăcan, Dorin Rechițean, Neculai Dragomir


During the last years an increasing attention has been focused on chicory (Cichorium intybus L.) use in ruminant’s nutrition. Chicory is a perennial plant that is suited to well-drained or moderately drained soils, with medium to high fertility levels and a pH of 5.5 or upper. Chicory has a comparable nutritional value to alfalfa, containing similar proportions of proteins, lipids, minerals and other nutrients. It has a relatively deep taproot, which provides tolerance to drought conditions. Furthermore, due to the drought resistance it is suitable for cultivation in areas with deficit of moisture. The aim of the current study was focused on the chemical composition and nutritive value of chicory, as well as the possibility of using it in different plants mixture in cattle feeding, as an alternative source of feed.


Cichorium intybus L., forage, nutritive value, ruminants

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