Studies on the feeding value of tropical grasses in Japan. 2. Chemical composition and in vitro digestibility of African millet (Eleusine corocana Gaertn.) and Rhodesgrass (Chloris gayana Kunth.) during primary growth
Kawamura, O.; Nagaiwa, Y.; Tanaka, S.; Miaki, T.
Bulletin of the Faculty of Agriculture, Miyazaki University 26(1): 149-158
ISSN/ISBN: 0544-6066 Accession: 000757337
In vitro digestibility and chemical composition were investigated in (a) Eleusine coracana, (b) Rhodes grass and (c) Italian ryegrass cut during primary growth. In (a) and (b), contents of CP and non-structural carbohydrate were generally lower and contents of protein soluble either in neutral or acid detergent and cell wall constituents were higher than in (c). Digestibilities in vitro of (a) and (b) were higher than digestibilities determined from chemical composition and were lower than in (c). Yield and the contents of CP and non-structural carbohydrates were higher and contents of cell wall constituents were lower in (a) than in (b). DM digestibility was higher in (a) than in (b), but neutral detergent fibre digestibility was similar.