Understanding Forage Intake in Range Animals

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Publication
Date of Publication
December 7, 2021
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Overview

Forage quality influences the performance of range livestock and wildlife, and it is often assumed that, if forage quality meets animal nutrient requirements, animal performance will meet expectations. However, forage intake can be at least as important as forage quality, especially when quality is marginal. Most economically important Texas range herbivores (livestock and native or exotic wildlife) are ruminants. Small ruminants have greater nutrient requirements per pound of body weight than large ruminants. These small ruminants select particular kinds of forage to cope with their higher nutrient requirements. (5 pages)

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