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Elephant's food (Portulacaria afra)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This datasheet is pending revision and updating; its contents are currently derived from FAO's Animal Feed Resources Information System (1991-2002) and from Bo Göhl's Tropical Feeds (1976-1982).

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Description
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Common names 
Elephant's food, elephant bush
Related feed(s) 
Description 
Shrub up to 3 m high with fleshy branches. The fleshy leaves are oval to round, 1-2 cm long, with practically no stalk. The terminal spikes bear numerous small pink flowers.
Nutritional aspects
Ruminants 
Two morphologically indistinguishable forms occur: one heavily browsed by goats and sheep and one which is not.
Nutritional tables

Avg: average or predicted value; SD: standard deviation; Min: minimum value; Max: maximum value; Nb: number of values (samples) used

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This datasheet is pending revision and updating; its contents are currently derived from FAO's Animal Feed Resources Information System (1991-2002) and from Bo Göhl's Tropical Feeds (1976-1982).

Main analysis Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Crude protein % DM 10.7 1
Crude fibre % DM 11.9 1
Ether extract % DM 3.8 1
Ash % DM 19.1 1
Gross energy MJ/kg DM 15.9 *
 
Minerals Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Calcium g/kg DM 14.0 1
Phosphorus g/kg DM 1.2 1

The asterisk * indicates that the average value was obtained by an equation.

References

Dougall et al., 1958

Last updated on 24/10/2012 00:44:09

Main analysis Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Crude protein % DM 8.5 1
Crude fibre % DM 20.9 1
Ether extract % DM 3.8 1
Ash % DM 9.8 1
Gross energy MJ/kg DM 17.9 *

The asterisk * indicates that the average value was obtained by an equation.

References

Anon., 1934

Last updated on 24/10/2012 00:44:09

Main analysis Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Dry matter % as fed 17.8 1
Crude protein % DM 11.8 1
Crude fibre % DM 14.6 1
Ether extract % DM 3.9 1
Ash % DM 11.8 1
Gross energy MJ/kg DM 17.3 *
 
Minerals Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Calcium g/kg DM 28.7 1
Phosphorus g/kg DM 3.5 1

The asterisk * indicates that the average value was obtained by an equation.

References

Groenewald et al., 1967

Last updated on 24/10/2012 00:44:09

References
Datasheet citation 

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