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Ramchurn et al., 2000. Livest. Res. Rural Dev., 12 (2): 22

Document reference 
Ramchurn, R. ; Dullull, Z. B. ; Ruggoo, A. ; Raggoo, J., 2000. Effects of feeding star grass (Cynodon plectostachyus) on growth and digestibility of nutrients in the domestic rabbit. Livest. Res. Rural Dev., 12 (2): 22

Twelve, forty-five-days old, New Zealand White rabbits were allocated to two treatments and kept in separate cages. The first treatment (control) was ad libitum complete rabbit pellets and the second treatment ( SG) was a combination of Star grass ad libitum along with 50g/day of mash concentrate as supplement. There were no health problems during the experimental period. The parameters measured used were growth, feed conversion and apparent digestibilities of dry matter, organic matter, protein, neutral detergent fibre, cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin and energy.  Growth rate was higher (P=0.001) on the pelleted complete diet (17.2± 2.35 g/day) than on the Star grass and mash (7.7 ± 1.02) reflecting a 30% increase in dry matter intake.  Feed conversion also favoured the pelleted diet.  There were no differences (P>0.05) in dry matter and organic matter digestibility. Digestibility of protein and energy was higher for the Star grass diet  than for the control (P<0.05) but was lower (P<0.05) for all cell wall components. 

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Ramchurn et al., 2000