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A Progress Report...Pigeon Grass and Beet Pulp as Substitutes for Barley in Steer Rations

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Title: A Progress Report...Pigeon Grass and Beet Pulp as Substitutes for Barley in Steer Rations
Author: Dinusson, W. E.; Hernandez, Jesus G.; Erickson, D. O.; Haugse, C. N.
Description: Pigeon grass seed IPGSI. also called foxtaillgreen foxtail; Setaria viridis. yellow foxtail; Setaria lutescensl. has been one of the most abundant of "screenings" produced in North Dakota. These screenings have been used as ruminant feeds for decades. During the dry "thirties". much of the harvested feed grains contained from 30 to 70 per cent pigeon grass seed. The summer of '74 was a year for an abundance of pigeon grass and shortage of feed grains. The interest in the feeding value of these screenings, sometimes almost pure pigeon grass seed, was widespread and pigeon grass screenings were sold to livestock producers for from 1.5 to 4 cents a pound. In this article, other substitutes are discussed. The molasses beet pulp had slightly higher than average crude protein content, the barley and alfalfa was above average in protein content. So protein supplements were not needed. Pigeon grass seed, although high in protein, had an energy value for finishing cattle making it only slightly higher than hay.
Date: 1975
Subject: Feeds
Cattle
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/9735

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