The aim of this review is to investigate the use of possibilities of oak acorn in diets of livestock. Dry oak
acorn with high starch content was widely used to meet the requirements of livestock animal in the most parts of the
world. Small part of fallen acorn is consumed by small ruminant animal such as sheep and goat, although most of
fallen acorn are not collected and left in the field for deterioration. It is very important in terms of animal nutrition to
make use of acorn obtained from 6.5 million hectares of oak forest in natural flora of Turkey. Recently high demands
and cost of animal feedstuffs made it inevitable to make use of feedstuffs like acorn with high energy content.
Chemical composition of acorn ranged from species to species. Generally crude protein content of acorn was low
although tannin content was high. Acorn can be used to some extent in ruminant and poultry ration. High tannin and
low protein contents are the main factors for inclusion of acorn into diets. Acorn supplemented diets should be
supplemented with protein.
Acorn, Animal nutrition, Poultry, Ruminant animals