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Toco grass (Ischaemum aristatum)

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 

Toco grass, batiki bluegrass, batiki grass

Related feed(s) 
Description 

Perennial with stems up to 60 cm that grows in seasonally wet or waterlogged areas, where it forms a dense mat. Recovers quickly from overgrazing and survives poor management.

Nutritional aspects
Potential constraints 

Sometimes causes milk taint.

Ruminants 

Forms good pasture if well grazed.

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 33.7 20.2 47.2 2
Crude protein % DM 9.6 2.9 3.8 14.2 8
Crude fibre % DM 34.0 2.3 30.7 37.3 8
NDF % DM 69.2 *
ADF % DM 39.7 *
Lignin % DM 5.3 *
Ether extract % DM 1.9 0.4 1.3 2.5 7
Ash % DM 9.8 1.2 8.2 11.0 7
Gross energy MJ/kg DM 18.0 *
 
Ruminant nutritive values Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
OM digestibility, Ruminant % 63.2 *
Energy digestibility, ruminants % 60.4 *
DE ruminants MJ/kg DM 10.9 *
ME ruminants MJ/kg DM 8.8 *
Nitrogen digestibility, ruminants % 54.9 1

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

References

Appelman et al., 1962; Butterworth, 1963; Hulman et al., 1978

Last updated on 24/10/2012 00:45:15

References
Datasheet citation 

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