Selective Consumption by Stall-Fed Cattle And it’s Influence on the Results of A Digestibility Trial

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1962
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Bredon R.M
Marshall B.
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It was shown by workers at the Plant Breeding Station, Aberystwyth (1927) that grazing sheep selected leaves of grass in preference to stems. Fagan (1929) then stated that cattle also select parts of the grass though not to the same extent as sheep. This was confirmed by Johnstone-Wallace (1937), and Johnstone- Wallace and Kennedy (1944) who also stated that cattle prefer young leafy herbage to mature stemmy grass. A different approach to the problem was used by Torell (1954), Weir and Torell (1959) and Heady and Torell (1959), who studied the botanical and chemical composition of grass actually eaten by sheep with oesophageal fistulae.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, XXVII (3), p. 168-172
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