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Blackseed grass (Chloris virgata)

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 
Blackseed grass, feather finger grass
Related feed(s) 
Description 
An annual, usually leafy, up to 90 cm high
Distribution 
Widely distributed in the tropics and in the sub-tropics with a shorter growing season.
Nutritional aspects
Ruminants 
Palatable grazing when young, and fair hay if cut at the flowering stage.
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 35.7 26.3 45.0 2
Crude protein % DM 8.5 4.1 4.8 12.9 3
Crude fibre % DM 33.9 2.5 31.1 35.9 3
Ether extract % DM 1.7 0.1 1.6 1.8 3
Ash % DM 11.3 2.1 9.9 13.8 3
Gross energy MJ/kg DM 17.6 *
 
Minerals Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Calcium g/kg DM 4.0 3.7 4.3 2
Phosphorus g/kg DM 1.0 0.8 1.1 2
Potassium g/kg DM 24.1 22.9 25.3 2
Magnesium g/kg DM 1.7 1.7 1.8 2
Manganese mg/kg DM 156 1
Zinc mg/kg DM 27 1
Copper mg/kg DM 5 1
 
Ruminant nutritive values Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
OM digestibility, Ruminant % 63.0 *
Energy digestibility, ruminants % 60.2 *
DE ruminants MJ/kg DM 10.6 *
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., 1965

Last updated on 24/10/2012 00:43:48

Main analysis Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Dry matter % as fed 88.2 1
Crude protein % DM 10.3 1
Crude fibre % DM 34.2 1
Ether extract % DM 1.8 1
Ash % DM 12.7 1
Gross energy MJ/kg DM 17.5 *
 
Ruminant nutritive values Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
OM digestibility, Ruminant % 60.2 *
Energy digestibility, ruminants % 56.7 *
DE ruminants MJ/kg DM 9.9 *
ME ruminants MJ/kg DM 8.0 *
Nitrogen digestibility, ruminants % 46.5 1

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

References

Walker, 1975

Last updated on 24/10/2012 00:43:48

References
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