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Giant star grass (Cynodon aethiopicus)

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 
Giant star grass, ethiopian dog's tooth grass, star grass, nakuru grass, reuse kweekgras .
Related feed(s) 
Description 
Stoloniferous perennial with tall robust stems. Easily propagated from stolons.
Distribution 
Occurs naturally throughout East Africa at higher altitudes
Nutritional aspects
Potential constraints 
Can be rich in HCN if heavily fertilized and irrigated.
Ruminants 
Palatable and readily eaten by cattle. Very good results reported from experiments with fertilized pastures of this 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
Crude protein % DM 8.6 2.9 5.4 12.2 4
Crude fibre % DM 31.8 4.6 26.6 37.6 4
NDF % DM 67.2 *
ADF % DM 37.3 *
Lignin % DM 4.8 *
Ether extract % DM 1.1 0.4 0.9 1.7 4
Ash % DM 10.5 1.6 8.2 11.9 4
Gross energy MJ/kg DM 17.6 *
 
Ruminant nutritive values Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
OM digestibility, Ruminant % 64.8 *
Energy digestibility, ruminants % 62.0 *
DE ruminants MJ/kg DM 10.9 *
ME ruminants MJ/kg DM 8.8 *

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

References

Sen, 1938

Last updated on 24/10/2012 00:44:14

Main analysis Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Crude protein % DM 6.4 1
Crude fibre % DM 35.6 1
NDF % DM 70.7 *
ADF % DM 41.5 *
Lignin % DM 5.7 *
Ether extract % DM 0.6 1
Ash % DM 6.8 1
Gross energy MJ/kg DM 18.2 *
 
Ruminant nutritive values Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
OM digestibility, Ruminant % 57.8 *
Energy digestibility, ruminants % 54.4 *
DE ruminants MJ/kg DM 9.9 *
ME ruminants MJ/kg DM 8.0 *
Nitrogen digestibility, ruminants % 54.0 1

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

References

Sen, 1938

Last updated on 24/10/2012 00:44:15

References
Datasheet citation 

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