Date of Graduation

Summer 2012


Master of Natural and Applied Science in Agriculture


College of Agriculture

Committee Chair

Melissa D. Hudson


digestion, distillers dried grains plus solubles, fescue, forage, intake

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The purpose of this study was to determine the differences in voluntary intake and digestibility of moderate-quality, long-stem fescue hay (9.5% crude protein (CP); dry matter (DM) basis) by steers consuming 4 levels of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) (27.7% CP; DM basis). Four ruminally cannulated Hereford steers (avg 364 +- 63 kg initial body weight (BW)) were housed in individual pens (4 x 4 m) and randomly assigned to treatment blocks in a completely randomized, replicated 4x4 Latin Square experimental design. Treatments were Control (C), Low (L), Moderate (M) and High (H) and were fed at 0, 0.2, 0.4, and 0.8% of BW daily, respectively. Each period consisted of a 10 day adaptation and a 7 day collection, during which hay intake, orts, and total fecal output were measured daily, followed by a 10 day washout. Data were analyzed using GLM Procedure of SAS, where the model included the fixed effects of treatment and period and steer was included as a random variable. Total dry matter intake increased (P = 0.02) and total organic matter intake increased (P = 0.003) as DDGS supplementation increased. Total tract, apparent organic matter digestibility increased (P = 0.01) as DDGS supplementation increased. Total NDF and ADF intake and digestibility was not different (P ≥ 0.19) between treatments. When fed at 0.4% of BW or greater, DDGS supplementation decreases voluntary intake of moderate-quality, long-stem fescue hay.


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