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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2016.5(7): 733-740
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2016.507.084


Are Grasses in the Arid Conditions of Ha’il, Nutritive enough for Ruminants?
Ahmed Ali Alghamdi*
 Biology Department, Faculty of Science, Ha’il University P.O.Box 659, Ha’il81421, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

The current study was carried out to evaluate the nutritional value and the mineral content of some local grasses of Ha’il region, Saudi Arabia. Ten members of the Poaceae family were collected and analyzed in spring 2016. The study showed that the protein content varied from 0.24±0.53-2.49±0.87 DW%, the sugar content varied from0.6±0.4-2±0.01 DW %., the starch content varied from 0.3±0.08-2±0.09 DW %, (ADF) varied from 26±5.57-78±0.24 DW %, and (TDN) varied from 22±1.76-74±0.98 DW%. Such results suggest that the grasses have lower values of protein, sugar and starch compared to common forages such as alfalfa. In addition, the grasses content of Calcium varied from 0.1-0.9 mg/kg, Sodium content varied from 0.1-8 mg/kg and Potassium content varied from 7-16 mg/kg, Iron varied from 0.31-2.75 mg/kg and finally, Zinc varied from 0.08-0.25 mg/kg. These findings suggest that the grasses content of Calcium and Potassium is sufficient enough to meet ruminants’ dietary requirements. 


Keywords: Grasses,Ruminants, Nutrient Content, Protein, Sugar, Starch,ADF, NDF, Minerals.
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Ahmed Ali Alghamdi. 2016. Are Grasses in the Arid Conditions of Ha’il, Nutritive enough for Ruminants?Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 5(7): 733-740. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2016.507.084