Because of drought and large number of grass hoppers in 1931 farmers in many sections of South Dakota were without adequate roughage feed for their livestock. The cost of shipping and handling roughages such as hays makes them rather expensive to ship any great distance. The problem, therefore, of providing roughage which would carry the livestock through the feeding season of 1931 and 1932 at a reasonable cost was a vital one. One solution to the problem was the use of oat feed which could be purchased in most sections of South Dakota at about the price of wild hay. Wild hay is fed very extensively in this state and provides a large portion of the dry roughage used. When hay could not be obtained many farmers purchased oat feed. Organizations assisting with the feed problem also shipped in many carloads of the oat feed. Questions concerning the feeding value of oat feed were soon coming to the college. These questions prompted the organization of the above experiment.
dairy roughages, ruminate nutrition, feeding liivestock oats
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts
Olson, T.M., "Oat Feed as a Substitute for Roughage" (1933). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 281.