Fine Cut Rhodes Grass

Fine Cut Rhodes Grass

Rhodes grass is one of a number of key grass species used in agriculture not only for forage but also for soil conservation.

It is grown in a number of countries, benefiting from irrigation infrastructure in the Middle East and South Asia.

Also referred to as Chloris Gayana, this animal feed is similar to other hay producing perennial grasses.  Rhodes grass is said to have been largely cultivated in West Africa. Fine cut Rhodes grass, in particular, has been selected from the ‘Katambora’ type of Rhodes grass.  This is a spreading, perennial agricultural animal feed, cultivated easily in tropical and sub-tropical areas.

It has a high protein value of 9-13% and is used as a palatable ‘green chop’ or hay. This crop can also supplement saline, salty or eroded soils and even help control erosion in land with high ph values.

Fine cut Rhodes grass is a fast-growing crop, ready for preparation after only a month. Its high value in terms of a fast turnaround to harvest and its high leaf density combine to make it a highly reliable grazing resource for livestock farmers.

Soil Remediation Use:

In terms of soil erosion remediation, Rhodes grass can abundantly cover bare land, with deep roots, growing up to 4-5 metres, making it drought tolerant and able to withstand being devastated by weather or pests.  Compatible temperatures of around 30 – 34°C make it easy for Cambridge Animal Feeds’ south Asian suppliers to grow, particularly as it responds well to irrigation systems.

Fine cut Rhodes grass has a number of advantages compared to other types of grasses, making it a preferred choice among agriculturalists.  The optimum cultivation yield is approximately 20 kg per hectare hay crop. Other distinct advantages of fine cut Rhodes grass include:

  • It produces a greater mass of fine leaf
  • It produces more dry material and forage than alternatives
  • Higher yields do not compromise quality
  • It has a high salt and alkaline tolerance
  • It grows with even maturity, simplifying cultivation
  • Seeds are coated for easier and swift handling, planting, germination and growth
  • It can be cultivated at any time given the required temperature rates, making it more easily available than other options

Rhodes grass is rigid and tough, so it spreads quickly and needs watering well, except during germination. The first harvesting cuttings cycle happens after 50 days, then 30-35 days thereafter. Cambridge Feeds adopts best agricultural practices, only cutting 10 -12 cm above ground level, ensuring the crop’s capacity to quickly regrow.

Our ample animal feed supply networks expected annual harvest is for between 35 – 45 tonnes per hectare, made possible with our animal feed producers’effective irrigation systems and manure and fertilizer application.  We have found our suppliers well-structured agricultural plans can reliably deliver in the quantity and quality Cambridge Feeds need for the GCCwholesale animal feed suppliers and the livestock farmers of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait.