Effect of physical form and level of alfalfa in corn-based diets on performance of finishing steers

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dc.contributor.author Healy, B.J.
dc.contributor.author Brandt, Robert T., Jr.
dc.contributor.author Gramlich, S.M.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-05T19:10:35Z
dc.date.available 2010-10-05T19:10:35Z
dc.date.issued 2010-10-05T19:10:35Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/6282
dc.description.abstract One hundred forty-four crossbred steers (850 lb) were used to evaluate the effects of physical form and level of average (15% CP) quality alfalfa on performance and carcass traits. Alfalfa hay had been harvested from a common field and alternate bales were either chopped (3 to 4 in. length) or ground and pelleted (3/8 in. pellet). No interactions between alfalfa form and level were detected. Daily gain, daily intake, feed efficiency, and carcass traits were similar for steers fed both alfalfa forms. Steers fed 10% alfalfa consumed 7.2% more feed (P<.03) than those fed 5%. Steers fed 5% alfalfa had marginally improved feed efficiencies, whereas those fed 10% had somewhat greater daily gains. Carcass traits were not affected by level of alfalfa. The incidence and severity of liver abscesses were greater (P<.05) for steers fed 5% alfalfa, indicative of a higher degree of acidosis than for steers fed 10% alfalfa. en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Cattlemen’s Day, 1993 en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station contribution; no. 93-318-S en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Report of progress (Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service); 678 en_US
dc.subject Beef en_US
dc.subject Alfalfa en_US
dc.subject Hay en_US
dc.subject Pellets en_US
dc.subject Finishing steers en_US
dc.title Effect of physical form and level of alfalfa in corn-based diets on performance of finishing steers en_US
dc.type Conference paper en_US
dc.date.published 1993 en_US
dc.citation.epage 104 en_US
dc.citation.spage 102 en_US
dc.description.conference Cattlemen's Day, 1993, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, March 5, 1993 en_US


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