Palatability, Chemical Composition, and Animal Gains from Selections of Weeping Lovegrass, Eragrostis curvula (Schrad.) Nees.1
- P. W. Voigt,
- W. R. Kneebone,
- E. H. mcIlvain,
- M. C. Shoop and
- J. E. Webster2
Significant differences in palatability were detected with Hereford steers among curvula-type selections within Eragrostis curvula (Schrad.) Nees.
Two of the most palatable selections were lower in lignin, higher in cellulose, and lower in lignin-cellulose ratio than two unpalatable selections. These two palatable selections were also taller, later in heading, and slightly wider in leaf than two unpalatable selections.
Over a 3-year period, Hereford steers grazing the most palatable selection gained 13% more per head than those grazing one of the least palatable selections, and 12% more per head than those grazing common, also of low palatability.
Evaluation of palatability within the curvula-type of E. curvula resulted in selection of a strain capable of producing higher steer gains than common.Please view the pdf by using the Full Text (PDF) link under 'View' to the left.
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