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Sericea (Lespedeza cuneata)

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).

Datasheet

Description
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Common names 
Sericea, sericea lespedeza
Synonyms 
Lespedeza sericea Miq.
Feed categories 
Related feed(s) 
Description 
Perennial herb normally between 40 cm and 1 m high with stems that are densely beset with small leaves. Produces a good bulk of forage in its second year. Drought resistant.
Nutritional aspects
Potential constraints 
Contains tannic acid.
Ruminants 
Good grazing either alone or mixed with grass. Because it contains tannic acid, palatability and digestibility are low. For hay it should be cut when about 30 cm high to ensure a high protein and low tannic acid content. It should be left in the swath in bright sunlight for not more than one hour, then windrowed and brought to the barn the day it is cut.
Nutritional tables
Tables of chemical composition and nutritional value 

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
Dry matter % as fed 25.0 1
Crude protein % DM 14.8 1.3 12.9 17.1 13
Crude fibre % DM 32.0 1
NDF % DM 51.3 3.3 46.0 54.2 12
Ether extract % DM 2.0 1
Ash % DM 12.8 1
Gross energy MJ/kg DM 17.7 *
 
Minerals Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Calcium g/kg DM 13.5 1
Phosphorus g/kg DM 2.1 1
 
Ruminant nutritive values Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
OM digestibility, Ruminant % 63.2 *
Energy digestibility, ruminants % 60.4 *
DE ruminants MJ/kg DM 10.7 *
ME ruminants MJ/kg DM 8.5 *

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

References

Brink et al., 1988; NAS, 1982

Last updated on 24/10/2012 00:45:01

Main analysis Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Crude protein % DM 11.3 1
Crude fibre % DM 42.6 1
Ether extract % DM 2.3 1
Ash % DM 3.4 1
Gross energy MJ/kg DM 19.7 *
 
Ruminant nutritive values Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
OM digestibility, Ruminant % 53.8 *
Energy digestibility, ruminants % 50.4 *
DE ruminants MJ/kg DM 9.9 *
ME ruminants MJ/kg DM 7.9 *
Nitrogen digestibility, ruminants % 35.0 1

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

References

McCullough et al., 1953

Last updated on 24/10/2012 00:45:01

References
Datasheet citation 

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