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Nadi blue grass (Dichanthium caricosum)

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 
India bluestem, nadi blue grass, Antigua hay grass, jiribilla, roadside bluestem, nawai grass (Fiji), jiribilla (Cuba)
Synonyms 
Andropogon caricosus L.
Related feed(s) 
Description 
An annual or a creeping perennial, leafy and densely tufted. Withstands rather long dry periods during which it does not grow.
Distribution 
Native to India, Burma, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, China, New Guinea and Fiji.
Nutritional aspects
Ruminants 
Persistent under heavy grazing but not very palatable. Extensively used in some areas as pasture and hay grass.
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
Dry matter % as fed 27.7 27.3 28.0 2
Crude protein % DM 7.0 7.0 7.0 2
Crude fibre % DM 36.8 36.7 37.0 2
NDF % DM 71.9 *
ADF % DM 42.9 *
Lignin % DM 6.0 *
Ether extract % DM 2.0 1.5 2.6 2
Ash % DM 10.6 9.5 11.7 2
Gross energy MJ/kg DM 17.8 *
 
Minerals Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Calcium g/kg DM 2.9 1
Phosphorus g/kg DM 3.3 1
Potassium g/kg DM 30.0 1
Sodium g/kg DM 0.4 1
 
Ruminant nutritive values Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
OM digestibility, Ruminant % 59.7 *
Energy digestibility, ruminants % 57.1 *
DE ruminants MJ/kg DM 10.2 *
ME ruminants MJ/kg DM 8.2 *
Nitrogen digestibility, ruminants % 50.1 45.9 54.3 2

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

References

French, 1943; Holm, 1971

Last updated on 24/10/2012 00:44:38

Main analysis Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Dry matter % as fed 88.0 1
Crude protein % DM 6.1 1
Crude fibre % DM 40.3 1
NDF % DM 75.2 *
ADF % DM 46.7 *
Lignin % DM 6.8 *
Ether extract % DM 1.7 1
Ash % DM 11.8 1
Gross energy MJ/kg DM 17.6 *
 
Ruminant nutritive values Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
OM digestibility, Ruminant % 52.8 *
Energy digestibility, ruminants % 49.5 *
DE ruminants MJ/kg DM 8.7 *
ME ruminants MJ/kg DM 7.0 *

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

References

French, 1943

Last updated on 24/10/2012 00:44:38

References
Datasheet citation 

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