Tropical Grasslands (1995) Volume 29, 3439
Production by sheep grazing six Cenchrus ciliaris accessions
D.J. MINSON and J.B. HACKER
Division of Tropical Crops and Pastures, CSIRO, St Lucia, Queensland, Australia
The potential for improved production by sheep from buffel grass accessions selected for high in vitro dry matter digestibility was investigated. Liveweight gain and wool production of sheep grazing 6 accessions of buffel grass were determined in 2 growing seasons using 2 contrasting management systems. The 6 accessions included the commercial cultivars American and Biloela, and 4 accessions which, in a previous study, had higher digestibility values than the commercial cultivars when grown in rows (averaged over samplings of young leaf and whole plant samples).