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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Herbivore Preference for Afternoon and Morning-Cut Forages and Adoption of Cutting Management Strategies

Authors
item Mayland, Henry
item Burns, Joseph
item Fisher, Dwight
item Carlstrom, R - MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY
item Cash, D - MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Submitted to: Grassland International Congress
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: June 24, 2000
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: Photosynthesizing forage plants accumulate total nonstructural carbohydrates (TNC) during daylight, but then TNC concentrations are reduced during the night. Afternoon-cut forage (PM) has greater TNC value and also greater economic value, than does morning-cut (AM). Cattle, sheep, goats, and horses prefer PM-cut hay and this can be readily demonstrated by offering animals a choice of hays cut in PM and AM. Alfalfa growers in the western United States are readily adopting PM-cutting technology.

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