Factors involved in sorghum silage quality

McCullogh, M.E. and Cummins, D.G. (1974) Factors involved in sorghum silage quality. Georgia Agricultural Research, 15 (4). pp. 8-10.

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Six sorghum cultivars, covering a wide range of height, yield, grain:forage ratio and seed tannin content (resisant or susceptible to bird damage), were studied. The digestibilities of CP, CF and NFE in silages from these cultivars were evaluated using 3 Hereford steers and the silage was fed with or without a grain supplement. Ensiling additives were also studied. Results indicated that cultivars with a high seed tannin content should not be used for silage as the DCP was very low. It was concluded that cultivars of medium height yielding 16-20 ton digestible silage/ac were likely to make good sources of roughage when grain was fed at a minimum level of 40% of the ration. Additives using carbohydrates were not recommended because sorghum silages were deficient in fermentable carbohydrates

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: Department of Animal Science, Georgia Station, Experiment, GA 30212, USA
Subjects: Plant Production
Animal Husbandary
Divisions: Sorghum
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2012 07:54
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2012 07:57
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/8094

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