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Palatability, Chemical Composition, and Animal Gains from Selections of Weeping Lovegrass, Eragrostis curvula (Schrad.) Nees.1


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  1. Vol. 62 No. 5, p. 673-676
    Received: Mar 24, 1970

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  1. P. W. Voigt,
  2. W. R. Kneebone,
  3. E. H. mcIlvain,
  4. M. C. Shoop and
  5. 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.

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