Nutritive Value of Whole Crop Cereal Silages

Christensen, D.A.; Steacy, G.; Crowle, W.L.

Canadian Journal of Animal Science 57(4): 803-805


ISSN/ISBN: 0008-3984
DOI: 10.4141/cjas77-103
Accession: 068493053

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Voluntary intake and digestibility of protein, dry matter and energy of nine cereal silages were determined using 200-kg steers. Digestible energy intakes were lower for spring rye (Gazelle) and tillering corn silage (Stewart Multi T) than for wheat, oats, barley and non-tillering corn silages (Pride R102). Intake of De was highest for Neepawa wheat silage. The tillering corn was less mature (16.0% dry matter) than the other cereals which were harvested at the mid-dough stage. Digestibility of protein was significantly lower in the rye and corn silages than in the other silages.