Desmanthus silage: a potential feed resource for the Northern Australian cattle industry

Amben, Stanley, Gardiner, Chris, and Walker, Glen (2022) Desmanthus silage: a potential feed resource for the Northern Australian cattle industry. In: Proceedings of the 20th Agronomy Australia Conference. From: 20th Australian Agronomy Conference, 18-22 September 2022, Toowoomba, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

Desmanthus spp., is an introduced legume genus high in CP and ME and that is well adapted to the neutral to alkaline clay soils in the seasonally dry environments of northern Australia. As a monoculture crop with irrigation some cultivars can produce 20t DM/ha. To be useful as a feed resource, however, it needs to be capable of being harvested and conserved. We investigated the ensilability of five cultivars of Progardes Desmanthus that differed in morphology and growth habit. Desmanthus produced acceptable silage based on concentrations of lactic acid and pH and had nutritive characteristics similar to values reported for Lucerne (Medicago sativa) silage.

Item ID: 76078
Item Type: Conference Item (Scholarly Work)
Copyright Information: © Proceedings of the 20th Agronomy Australia Conference, 2022.
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2022 21:51
FoR Codes: 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3004 Crop and pasture production > 300405 Crop and pasture biomass and bioproducts @ 100%
SEO Codes: 10 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 1005 Pasture, browse and fodder crops > 100505 Sown pastures (excl. lucerne) @ 100%
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