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Masai love grass (Eragrostis superba)

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 
Veld love grass, Masai love grass, Sawtooth love grass, Wilmann lovegrass, Masai love grass
Related feed(s) 
Description 
Tufted perennial, 30-75 cm high, common in arid and semiarid areas. Also used for reseeding denuded land in dry areas.
Nutritional aspects
Ruminants 
Often an important component of pastures, and well liked by cattle.
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 20.1   12.0 28.2 2  
Crude protein % DM 10.4 6.4 5.3 24.1 7  
Crude fibre % DM 37.0 5.3 32.3 43.3 4  
NDF % DM 72.1 8.1 61.3 76.7 3 *
ADF % DM 43.1 10.6 28.1 49.2 3 *
Lignin % DM 6.1         *
Ether extract % DM 1.5 0.4 1.1 1.9 4  
Ash % DM 7.9 2.4 4.7 12.0 7  
Gross energy MJ/kg DM 18.4         *
               
Minerals Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb  
Calcium g/kg DM 6.2 4.8 1.3 12.0 4  
Phosphorus g/kg DM 2.7 3.2 0.0 6.5 4  
Potassium g/kg DM 37.6 27.3 18.0 76.8 4  
Magnesium g/kg DM 1.6 1.6 0.4 3.4 3  
Zinc mg/kg DM 300   300 300 2  
Copper mg/kg DM 15   10 20 2  
Iron mg/kg DM 750   600 900 2  
               
Ruminant nutritive values Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb  
OM digestibility, Ruminant % 60.8         *
Energy digestibility, ruminants % 58.1         *
DE ruminants MJ/kg DM 10.7         *
ME ruminants MJ/kg DM 8.6         *

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

References

CIRAD, 1991; Dougall et al., 1958; Kabuga et al., 1993; Sen, 1938; Tefera et al., 2009

Last updated on 15/04/2013 13:35:45

References
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