Soybean meal+milo, alfalfa hay, and dehydrated alfalfa pellets as protein sources for steers fed dormant, native tallgrass forage in drylot

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dc.contributor.author DelCurto, T.
dc.contributor.author Cochran, R.C.
dc.contributor.author Beharka, A.A.
dc.contributor.author Vanzant, E.S.
dc.contributor.author Nagaraja, Tiruvoor G.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-02T21:44:55Z
dc.date.available 2010-11-02T21:44:55Z
dc.date.issued 2010-11-02
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/6472
dc.description.abstract Sixteen ruminally-cannulated steers consuming dormant tallgrass-prairie forage were randomly assigned to one of four treatments: 1) control, no supplement; 2) soybean meal (SBM)+sorghum grain; 3) alfalfa hay; or 4) dehydrated alfalfa pellets. Forage dry matter (DM) intake was at least doubled by all three supplemental protein treatments (P<.01). In addition, steers supplemented with dehydrated alfalfa pellets displayed 15% higher forage DM intakes than steers supplemented with SBM+sorghum grain or alfalfa hay. Total DM digestibility did not differ (P>.10) among treatments; however, fiber (NDF) digestibility was depressed in steers supplemented with SBM+sorghum grain or dehydrated alfalfa pellets, compared with controls. Results from this study reinforce the concept that supplemental protein improves forage intake and utilization. Additionally, alfalfa hay and dehydrated alfalfa pellets appear to be at least as effective as SBM+sorghum grain when fed on an equal protein and energy basis. en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Cattlemen’s Day, 1989 en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station contribution; no. 89-567-S en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Report of progress (Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service); 567 en_US
dc.subject Beef en_US
dc.subject Soybean meal en_US
dc.subject Milo en_US
dc.subject Alfalfa hay en_US
dc.subject Dehydrated alfalfa pellets en_US
dc.subject Protein en_US
dc.subject Steers en_US
dc.subject Tallgrass forage en_US
dc.title Soybean meal+milo, alfalfa hay, and dehydrated alfalfa pellets as protein sources for steers fed dormant, native tallgrass forage in drylot en_US
dc.type Conference paper en_US
dc.date.published 1989 en_US
dc.citation.epage 44 en_US
dc.citation.spage 41 en_US
dc.description.conference Cattlemen's Day, 1989, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, March, 1989 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid tnagaraj en_US


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