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Carpet grass (Axonopus scoparius)

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 
Imperial grass, capim colômbia, maicillo, cach, carpet grass, carpet grass
Synonyms 
Paspalum iridifolium Poepp., Paspalum scoparium Flüggé
Related feed(s) 
Description 
Densely tufted perennial forming large tussocks, 1-1.5 m high, with big blunt-ended hairy leaves. Grows best in areas of high rainfall, but tolerates drought on deep soils. Prefers well-drained soils. Tolerant of high and low temperatures (down to 0 C). Clones available that are resistant to the bacterial disease caused by Xanthomonas. Planted by rooting stem cuttings or pieces of stolon.
Nutritional aspects
Ruminants 
Used mainly as silage grass or for zero-grazing, as it gives high yields and is persistent only when cut. The succulent stems readily eaten by cattle at practically all stages of growth.
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 15.8 1.7 14.6 18.3 4
Crude protein % DM 8.0 2.3 6.2 11.4 4
Crude fibre % DM 29.7 0.8 28.6 30.5 4
NDF % DM 65.2 *
ADF % DM 35.0 *
Lignin % DM 4.3 *
Ether extract % DM 2.4 0.9 1.4 3.4 4
Ash % DM 10.9 2.8 7.8 14.2 4
Gross energy MJ/kg DM 17.6 *
 
Ruminant nutritive values Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
OM digestibility, Ruminant % 66.6 *
Energy digestibility, ruminants % 63.6 *
DE ruminants MJ/kg DM 11.2 *
ME ruminants MJ/kg DM 9.1 *
Nitrogen digestibility, ruminants % 48.6 1

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

References

Bateman et al., 1962; Calvino, 1952; INFIC, 1978

Last updated on 24/10/2012 00:43:55

References
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