In Vitro Digestibility of Sodium hydroxide-Treated Grass Harvested At different Stages of Growth

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1974
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Mwakatundu,A.G.K
Emyr Owen
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It is well established that with increasing stages of growth of grasses, yield of dry matter increases whereas nutritive value, and in particular digestibility and voluntary intake, declines (Campling, 1964; Raymond, 1966).The decrease in moisture content with maturity, together with higher yields, favour cutting grass for hay production at a more mature stage of growth. This is particularly so under tropical conditions because of the rapid rate of achieving maturity and because the immature stages of growth are associated with periods of frequent rainfall.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 40 (No 1), p. 2-10