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Nutrient Conteot of Sheep Diets Grazing Western North Dakota Prairie

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Title: Nutrient Conteot of Sheep Diets Grazing Western North Dakota Prairie
Author: Kirby, Don; Humann, Mike
Description: In North Dakota, cattle and sheep compete for grazing land. The diet mix of sheep and cattle is somewhat different. The diet of sheep is significantly higher in fat, phosphorus, total protein and lignin as compared to that of cattle. The grazing component of North Dakota consists of mixed grasses. cattle are not efficient in at harvesting a variety of vegetation in the mixed grass lands, especially those possessing broad leaves. Ewes consistlay select broad- leafed forages in greater quantities regardless of managed alternatives. The results of a study conducted in 1983 and in 1984 on the Dickinson Experiment Station are discussed in detail. A result of this study indicated that while cattle were the dominant grazers of range and pasture in the Northern Great Plains, sheep do offer significant untapped potential for diverse grazing resources. Dietary quality data from this study suggested that a choice is possible when stocking cattle and ewes under SDG. Since increases in facilities and labor may be necessary when managing separate livestock herds, stocking a single cattle-sheep herd may be more efficient.
Date: 1986
Subject: Animal nutrition
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/5948

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