Digestibility of fresh Pangola grass (Digitaria decumbens) and Rhodes grass hay (Chloris gayana) at three cutting intervals
Veitia, J.L.; Marquez, J.R.
Cuban Journal of Agricultural Science 7(1): 23-37
ISSN/ISBN: 0864-0408 Accession: 000061702
2 experiments were carried out with sheep to determine the effect of cutting frequency on digestibility and intake of fresh Pangola grass (cut every 24, 40 or 60 days) and Rhodes grass hay (every 42, 63 and 84 days). DM intake of both species was reduced with increasing interval between cuts. The N digestibility of Pangola grass cut every 20 days was higher than that cut every 40 or 60 days; Rhodes grass hay cut at 84 days had the lowest DM intake and digestibility values. There were significant relationships between DM digestibility and N X 6.25 in the DM for Rhodes grass hay and between DM digestibility and DM intake for Rhodes grass hay and for fresh Pangola grass.