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Teosinte (Zea spp.)

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 
Buffalo grass, teosinte grass
Species 
Related feed(s) 
Description 
Coarse maizelike annual 2.5-4 m high that grows well on fertile soils in wet areas, but is inferior to sorghum or maize in dryer areas and on poor soils. Cultivated as a high-yielding fodder crop in some areas. Usually harvested when the plants are about 2 m high and then cut 25-30 cm from the ground to allow further tillering. Unlike maize, it is not affected by serious pests or diseases.
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 26.2 1
Crude protein % DM 8.5 1.7 6.5 9.5 3
Crude fibre % DM 27.7 5.0 23.0 32.9 3
NDF % DM 63.3 *
ADF % DM 32.8 *
Lignin % DM 3.8 *
Ether extract % DM 2.4 0.6 1.8 2.9 3
Ash % DM 8.7 0.6 8.0 9.0 3
Gross energy MJ/kg DM 18.0 *
 
Minerals Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Calcium g/kg DM 3.4 1
Phosphorus g/kg DM 1.7 1
Potassium g/kg DM 24.9 1
Sodium g/kg DM 0.6 1
Magnesium g/kg DM 2.4 1
 
Ruminant nutritive values Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
OM digestibility, Ruminant % 68.5 *
Energy digestibility, ruminants % 65.5 *
DE ruminants MJ/kg DM 11.8 *
ME ruminants MJ/kg DM 9.6 *
Nitrogen digestibility, ruminants % 63.2 1

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

References

INFIC, 1978; Johri et al., 1963; Nasrullah et al., 2003

Last updated on 24/10/2012 00:45:14

References
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