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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Estimating digestibility in eastern gamagrass
Year: 2000
Author(s): Douglas, J. L., Edwards, S. D., Lang, D. J.
Source Title: Proceedings of the 2nd Eastern Native Grass Symposium
Source Type: Proceedings
pages: 113-116
Original Publication:  
Abstract: Equations to predict total digestible nutrients were developed for a variety of introduced perennial forage grasses and legumes, and annual small grain forages. Livestock producers and forage specialists use TDN equations to estimate the feed value of different forages and determine nutrient supplement needs. Quality estimates for crude protein, acid detergent fiber, and neutral detergent fiber are used in various equations to predict TDN. Age of forage at harvest is among several factors influencing quality estimates that will ultimately effect TDN. Because many TDN equations give emphasis to introduced forages, they have limited use for predicting TDN of native forage grasses such as eastern gamagrass.
Publisher: Agricultural Research Service and Natural Resource Conservation Service, Beltsville, MD
Editor(s): J. R. Ritchie