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Carpet grass (Axonopus scoparius)

Description and recommendations

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).

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.

Tables of chemical composition and nutritional value

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.

Citation

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Tables

Tables of chemical composition and nutritional value

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

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