Demlew Et Al


Demlew et al

Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences

Vol. 9(3), pp. 315-321, 2019

ISSN: 2276-7770

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Nutritive value Evaluation of Buffel grass and
Silver leaf Desmodium Grown in Pure Stands and in Mixture at Different
Harvesting Times in Gozamen District, East Gojjam Zone, Ethiopia.


Demlew 1*, Berhanu Alemu2 and Asnakew Awuk2


Department of Animal Sciences, Raya University, P. O. Box 92, Machew, Ethioipia
2 Department of Animal Sciences, Debre Markos University, P. O. Box
269, Debre Markos, Ethiopia





Article No.: 072419144

Type: Research

DOI: 10.15580/GJAS.2019.3.072419144



The current study was
conducted to evaluate biomass yield and quality of Buffel grass and Silver
leaf desmodium grown in pure stand and in mixture at different harvesting
times in Gozamen district. The study was conducted in a 3 x3 factorial
arrangement of treatments in a randomized complete block design (RCBD) with
three replications. The factors were forage species (Buffel grass, Silver
leaf desmodium and Buffel grass/Silver leaf desmodium mixture) and three
times of harvesting (HT1, HT2, and HT3). Pure-stand legume and their mixture
with grass had a higher crude protein contents compared to pure-stand grass,
whereas, pure-stand grass had higher fiber fraction contents compared to
pure-stand legume and their mixture with grass. Harvesting time and forage species
had significant effect (P<0.05) on CP, NDF, ADF, ADL and ash.  However, the interaction effect was
significant on ADF and ADL.  As
harvesting time increase, NDF, ADF, and ADL increased, whereas, CP and ash
decreased. The CP content of the grass, legume and their mixture were
15.79%, 17.49% and 20.46% respectively, which are above the minimum level 7%
required for optimum rumen function and could also satisfy the minimum CP
content of 15% required for lactation and growth. Generally pure legume and grass-legume
mixture produced forage with higher CP and lower fiber concentrations
compared to pure stand grass. Therefore, grass/legume mixture could play
crucial role to alleviate feed shortage problems by increasing the quantity
and quality of forage.


Submitted: 24/07/2019

Accepted:  03/08/2019

Published: 26/08/2019


*Corresponding Author

Menalu Demlew

E-mail: menaludemlew3030@


Keywords: Buffel
grass; Grass/legume mixture; Harvesting times; Nutritive value; Silver leaf



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Cite this Article: Demlew, M; Alemu B; Awuk, A (2019).
Nutritive value Evaluation of Buffel grass and Silver leaf Desmodium Grown in
Pure Stands and in Mixture at Different Harvesting Times in Gozamen District,
East Gojjam Zone, Ethiopia. Greener
Journal of Agricultural Sciences
9(3): 315-321,

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