Studies on Browse Plants in Ghana II. Digestibility. (A) Digestibility of Griffonia Sjjiplicifolia from the Accra Plains Using Local Cattle as Experimental Animals

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1964
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Mabey G.L
Rose I.R
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Digestibility of the highly palatable indigenous shrubby evergreen leguminous climber Griffonia simplicifolia was investigated, using West African cattle as experimental animals. Digestion coefficients (per cent.) are very high: dry matter 69, crude protein 81, crude fibre 59, nitrogen-free extract 75, ether extract 63, ash 55, and organic matter 70. Calculated nutritive values show that, whilst Griffonia has the same nutritive ratio (1: 3) as Centrosema (our most successful introduced legume), starch equivalent and digestible crude protein (21'3 and 7'3 respectively) are more than twice as high. It is unlikely, however, that Griffonia contributes very much to the diet of free-ranging cattle. Further studies on establishment, growth-rate, and yield will be necessary before its high promise at laboratory level can be assessed in terms of requirements in the field.
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Bulletin, 32 (125), p. 124-130