A review of the potential of Imperata cylindrica (L.) raeusch as feed for ruminant animals
Keywords:Imperata cylindrica, potential, limitation, animal production
AbstractThe shortage of feed, particularly during the dry season is one of the major factors limiting the productivity of livestock in the tropics. Imperata is a natural grass of which control is very difficult, but shows the potential to alleviate the problem because it is drought resistant and has a high nutritive value when it is young. An attempt to generate useful information for improving the utilization of this grass, its potential and limitations were described. Its chemical composition and nutritive value related to management and animal requirements were reviewed. Possible solutions were also discussed to increase animal production from this low quality Imperata grass.