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Built-in Roughages in High Energy Rations for Finishing Cattle

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dc.contributor.author Dinusson, W. E.
dc.contributor.author Erickson, D. O.
dc.contributor.author Haugse, C. N.
dc.contributor.author Buchanan, M. L.
dc.rights North Dakota State University en_US
dc.title Built-in Roughages in High Energy Rations for Finishing Cattle en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.source North Dakota Farm Research: Vol. 30, No. 03, pp. 28-32 en_US
dc.description The article addresses the usage of several by-products from the processing of agricultural products which might possibly be used for added roughage value in cattle rations. Pastures, hays, silages and crop residues such as straw, chaff and corn stalks are the nutritional backbone of rations for cow herds and growing calves. These same roughage may be an expensive and a troublesome source of energy and protein, when compared to grains, in finishing rations. Roughage in conventional forms do not lend themselves to labor-saving mechanization in feedlots. The lower digestibility of roughage, especially when fed with grains, leaves more excreted waste to be handled and disposed of. Pastures, hays, silage and crop residues such as straw, chaff and corn stalks are the nutritional backbone of rations for cow herds and growing calves. These same roughage may be an expensive and a troublesome source of energy and protein, when compared to grains, in finishing rations. The lower digestibility of roughage, especially when fed with grains, leaves more excreted waste to be handled and disposed of. Several substitutes such as oyster shells, plastic cubes and even sawdust were used with varying degrees of success. Two trials were made on this: Experiment C-23 and Experiment C-25. The by-products from the processing of flax straw for the paper industry were useful as substitutes for most of the alfalfa in high-energy rations for finishing cattle.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-23T16:51:40Z
dc.date.available 2010-06-23T16:51:40Z
dc.date.issued 2010-06-23
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10365/9799
dc.date 1973 en_US
dc.subject Feeds en_US
dc.subject Cattle en_US

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