Tropical Grasslands (1992) Volume 26, 8993
The effect of drying on the intake and rate of digestion of the shrub legume Calliandra calothyrsus
B. PALMER1 and A.C. SCHLINK2
1CSIRO, Division of Tropical Crops and Pastures, Davies Laboratory, Townsville, Queensland; 2CSIRO, Division of Tropical Animal Production, Davies Laboratory, Townsville, Queensland.
Although Calliandra calothyrsus is a productive tropical shrub legume with high crude protein content, it has not been well accepted in tropical countries as a feed source. To investigate the reputed poor acceptance of calliandra we studied the voluntary intake and in sacco digestibility of fresh and dried leaf material in experiments at Townsville.