Round bale alfalfa processing method affects heifer growth but does not influence wastage or eating preference

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dc.contributor.author Jones, S.Q.
dc.contributor.author Marston, T.T.
dc.contributor.author Kraus, T.J.
dc.contributor.author DeRouchey, Joel M.
dc.contributor.author Waggoner, Justin W.
dc.contributor.author Breiner, Ryan M.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-30T16:45:28Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-30T16:45:28Z
dc.date.issued 2011-03-30
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/8117
dc.description.abstract Many factors affect forage quality, including moisture level at baling, compaction, bulk density, and maturity at harvest. Losses of dry matter and nutrient value occur during field curing. Hay baled at or above 18% moisture should have less nutrient loss in the field. However, hay baled at these moisture levels has the potential to heat during storage, causing dry matter loss and nutrient degradation. Also, as particle length of forage decreases, packing ability of forage and bulk density of bales increase. Although particle length is reduced by grinding baled forage, this can result in nutrient losses. Also, when cattle are fed free choice in a ring feeder, precutting forage may help reduce waste because the smaller particles fall within the ring and are not pulled out by the animals and lost on the ground. Objectives of these experiments were to compare the effects of precutting alfalfa during round baling and conventional baling on heifer performance, forage wastage, and eating preference. en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Cattlemen’s Day, 2010 en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station contribution; no. 10-170-S en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Report of progress (Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service); 1029 en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Beef Cattle Research, 2010 is known as Cattlemen’s Day, 2010 en_US
dc.subject Beef en_US
dc.subject Alfalfa en_US
dc.subject Heifer en_US
dc.subject Growth en_US
dc.subject Performance en_US
dc.title Round bale alfalfa processing method affects heifer growth but does not influence wastage or eating preference en_US
dc.type Conference paper en_US
dc.date.published 2010 en_US
dc.citation.epage 46 en_US
dc.citation.spage 43 en_US
dc.description.conference Cattlemen's Day, 2010, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, March 5, 2010 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid jderouch en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid jwaggon en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid rbreiner en_US

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