A.S. Series 76-13
Feedlot cattle have been shown to make high rates of gain with low feed requirements when fed all-concentrate rations during finishing periods up to 6 months or more. However, some roughage has frequently been reported to improve weight gain and to reduce digestive problems associated with all-concentrate rations. Roughage levels of 8 to 10% have appeared adequate for these purposes and are considered to be about optimum on basis of weight gain and feed efficiency. Questions are often raised as to the importance of roughage quality when included in rations at these low levels.
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Department of Animal Science, Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Gates, R. N. and Embry, L. B., "Roughage Quality and Protein Supplementation with High-Concentrate Rations for Finishing Cattle" (1976). South Dakota Cattle Feeders Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1976. 3.