Mississippi State University
Rude, Brian J.
Ward, Stephanie H.
Rivera, J. Daniel
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences
The objectives of this study were to evaluate nutrient digestibility and CP retention of steers fed ryegrass baleage supplemented with hay or soybean hull pellets. Crossbred steers (n=12, BW 247 plus or minus 20.8 kg) were halter broken, and placed into individual metabolism crates for a total of 10 days. All 12 steers had ad libitum access to ryegrass baleage and were allotted to 3 supplements 1) no supplement; 2) soybean hull pellets; 3) hay, with 4 steers per treatment group. Supplements were fed at 0.25% of steer body weight. Sample collections were for 7 days following a 3 day adaptation to crates. Results collected indicated there was no effect of supplementing a fiber source to cattle consuming ryegrass baleage on nutrient digestibility or CP retention. This may be attributed to maturity of ryegrass at harvest.
Durst, Lanna Victoria, "Evaluation of Different Dietary Supplements for Cattle Consuming Ryegrass Baleage" (2014). Theses and Dissertations. 2015.