Yield and feeding value of leguminous fodder species grown as hedge rows in slopy lands of Sri Lanka.
Flemingia macrophylla, Desmodium ransonii and Calliandra calothyrsus seeds, and Gliricidia sepium plants were placed in double rows along contours in the mid-region of Sri Lanka. After 8 months, all species were lopped to an initial height of 90 cm, and then harvested at 16-week intervals. G. sepium gave the highest DM yield and D. ransonii the lowest. F. macrophylla had the highest leaf:stem ratio. Proximate analysis showed that all species had a satisfactory CP content for ruminants (20-26%). Digestibility of DM was highest in G. sepium (57%) and lowest in F. macrophylla (33%). It was concluded that all 4 species were suitable for ruminant feeding.