Meat Goats in Land and Forage Management

Table 5

Table 5. In vitro dry matter digestibility (IVDMD) and chemical composition of diets selected by sheep and goats from four pasture types a
  Pasture Type b
  IP UP ULS UHS
Item Sheep Goats Sheep Goats Sheep Goats Sheep Goats
IVDMD, %c 57.1 53.6 53.6 53.2 52.8 52.7 52.3 53.7
CP, % c,d 19.9 18.9 11.5 9.8 10.7 10.7 10.1 10.6
NDF, %c 51.4 51.7 47.4 47.5 48.4 48.9 47.5 47.6
a Adapted from Prigge et al. (1985).
b IP: improved pasture; UP: unimproved pasture; ULS: unimproved, low scrub; UHS: unimproved, high scrub.
c Significant pasture type difference(P < .01).
d Significant animal species within pasture type difference (P < .05).


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