BOTANICAL COMPOSITION AND TYPE OF FEED VEGETATION OF GRAZING FIELD IN THE CAPTIVE BREEDING AREA FOR TIMOR DEER (Cervus timorensis) Arifuddin M Sadik1, Damry1, Najamuddin1, and Toknok B2
1Department of Animal Husbandry, Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Tadulako University 2Faculty of Forestry, Tadulako University
A research has been conducted to determine the botanical composition and the type of feed vegetation of the grazing field of a captive breeding area for Timor deer (Cervus timorensis) at Wosu Village, Bungku Barat District, Morowali District, Central Sulawesi Province from July 23 until August 12, 2018. Forage samples were taken with a destructive sampling method using a pair of 1 x 1m frame. Vegetation sapling is carried out by using the method of grid lines, which using a quadrant with a size of 1 x 1 m for seedling level and 2 x 2 for the stake level. Dry matter content of the forage samples was analyzed at the Animal Nutrition and Feeding Laboratory, Tadulako University. Data were analyzed and results were presented descriptively. The results showed that the botanical composition of the was 83% grasses and 17% weeds. The grasses were dominated by Imperata cylindrica, Cyperus rotundus, Cyperus kyllingia Endl., and Paspalum conjugatum. The important value index for seedling level was Teki Grass (Cyperus rotundus L) with a value of 80.76% and Akar ketumpu (Maesa ramantacea) with a value of 51.90% at the stake level.