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Immature Forage Mixtures with Citrus Pulp versus More Mature Forage without Additive for Silage1

Authors
Journal
Journal of Dairy Science
0022-0302
Publisher
American Dairy Science Association
Volume
43
Issue
7
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3168/jds.s0022-0302(60)90264-2
Keywords
  • Research Papers

Abstract

Summary Two forage mixtures, each ensiled at two stages of maturity, were compared using lactating dairy cows in a switch-back feeding trial. Citrus pulp was added to the early-cut forage but not to the more mature forage. The mixture containing rye, rye grass, and crimson clover gave a higher yield of dry matter per acre at both dates of harvest than did a similar mixture which contained no rye. Likewise, the later stage of maturity resulted in a higher yield of each of the mixtures. Dry matter losses during the ensiling period were considerably higher in the early-cut material than those in the more mature forages. However, milk production was higher when the non-rye mixture was fed, and was higher at the early-cut stage of both forage mixtures.

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