The Nutritive Value of Herbage in Semi-Arid Lands of East Africa -Chemical Composition

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1974
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Karue C.N
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Estimated nutritive value of several grass species frequently found in semi-arid lands, indicated that most of the grasses found in the semi-arid lands were deficient in protein. Cynodoon dactylon, Digitaria setivalva and D. macroblrphara, occurred sparsely but were of higher nutritive value during the dry and wet seasons than Themeda triandra and Pennisetum mesianum which were more dominant in Eco-Zone VI. Most of the grasses had available energy that was inadequate to meet energy demands for maintenance during the wet and dry seasons. However, C. dactylon, D.macroblephara and D. setivalva on the average provided over 95 percent. while T. triandra provided over 90 percent of the maintenance energy needs. This would suggest that energy supplementation would improve the nutritive value of range herbage and consequently increase meat production from range lands of East Africa.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 40 (1), p. 89-95