This work in determining Digestion Coefficients with South Dakota grown forage plants and feeding stuffs was commenced in the Fall of 1905. Six grade Merino wethers were secured for this purpose. They were taken up and handled daily until they were perfectly accustomed to their attendant before the feeding trial were started they were kept in a box stall during each trial and were so tied that no one of them could reach the feed box of another. Harnesses were provided by means of which sacks were attached to each sheep to receive the faeces. [sic] The arrangement is shown by the cut on the title page. The sheep soon became accustomed to the harnesses and care was taken that they should be perfectly contented with their surroundings before the actual experiments commenced. In the case of hays and fodders the feed was run through a cutting machine reducing it to half inch lengths. Any refuse was carefully saved, weighed back and analyzed. Each feeding stuff was analyzed and the faeces were also analyzed. Careful moisture determinations were made on the feeding stuff as fed and on the faeces. From these data the digestion coefficients have been determined.
sheep digestive coefficients, grain coefficients, fodder coefficients
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
Shepard, J.H. and Koch, A.E., "Digestion Coefficients with Sheep" (1909). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 114.