Submitted to: Agricultural Research Service Station Bulletin
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/1/1995
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: This chapter provides information on the importance of applying management to the production of forage as pasture, hay or silage. Emphasis is given to the significance of maintaining high quality forage for growing animals as those needing only maintenance. As forage digestibility declines so does dry matter intake, resulting in an ever increasing decline in energy for gain. Because the maintenance requirement is met first, daily animal production responses can occur only when energy exceeds the animal's maintenance needs. The relationship between dry matter intake and digestibility is discussed for both grazing and stall feeding as well as a strategy and principle for grazing and production of stored feed.
Technical Abstract: This chapter has no abstract.