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Table 5 Effects of grazing intensity on chemical compositions of major grass species in Chagni ranch, Northwest Ethiopia

From: Effects of grazing intensity to water source on grassland condition, yield and nutritional content of selected grass species in Northwest Ethiopia

Species Parameters Distances from water points
TD1 TD2 TD3 TD4 SE DF F-value P value
Cynodon dactylon DM% 87.92b 88.46b 91a 92.04a 0.15 3 43.62 0.00
Ash 8.02c 8.78bc 9.75ab 10.9a 0.408 3 9.314 0.004
NDF 54.32c 54.55c 57.96b 59.39a 0.334 3 56.85 0.00
ADF 33.3b 33.7b 37.11a 38.54a 0.902 3 8.124 0.006
ADL 4.96b 5.22b 6.27a 6.66a 0.12 3 46.48 0.00
CP 9.1 8.71 8.82 8.67 0.23 3 0.176 0.91
Sporobolus pyramidalis DM% 88.78b 89.48b 90.96ab 92.38a 0.27 3 9.03 0.004
Ash 7.44b 7.7b 8.8a 9.4a 0.365 3 6.313 0.014
NDF 54.3c 54.5c 57.9b 59.4a 0.237 3 30.62 0.00
ADF 36.14b 36.3b 37.6b 39.7a 0.54 3 9.38 0.004
ADL 6.9 7.4 7.8 7.8 0.264 3 2.317 0.144
CP 7.93 7.54 7.4 7.38 0.15 3 0.71 0.57
Setaria verticillata DM% 88.51c 90.21b 90.41b 92.45a 0.172 3 22.11 0.00
Ash 6.62b 6.71b 8.55a 9.57a 0.33 3 19.25 0.00
NDF 55.9c 56.9bc 58.9ab 60.6a 0.523 3 15.97 0.001
ADF 36.13c 38.2bc 39.5ab 41.6a 0.589 3 15.2 0.001
ADL 5.19c 5.33c 6.22b 6.73a 0.084   76.72 0.00
CP 8.08a 7.78ab 7.25b 7.22b 0.07 3 8.776 0.005
Digitaria ternata DM% 87.03c 88.81b 92.38a 92.93a 0.133 3 114.1 0.00
Ash 9.25c 9.92b 10.5ab 11.2a 0.294 3 7.745 0.007
NDF 45.24b 46.6b 48.9a 50a 0.576 3 14.13 0.001
ADF 32.9b 34.7ab 36.1ab 37.7a 0.849 3 5.866 0.017
ADL 5.5b 5.54b 6.68a 7.1a 0.116 3 47.31 0.00
CP 9.99a 9.41b 8.94b 8.86b 0.071 3 13.15 0.001
  1. a,b,cMeans in the same row for each parameter with different superscripts were significantly different (P < 0.05)
  2. TD1 transect distance 1, TD2 transect distance 2, TD3 transect distance 3, TD4 transect distance 4, DM dry matter, NDF neutral detergent fiber, ADF acid detergent fiber, ADL acid detergent lignin, and CP crude protein