Field peas are usually grown for human consumption. However, quality problems can make them available at times for feeding to livestock. Field peas contain a moderate amount of protein (20-29%) which is highly rumen degradable. They are high in starch (41- 54%) and low in fiber (<9%) suggesting fairly high energy content. The few cattle feeding studies conducted to date have focused on their use in dairy cows and growing calves. No feeding trials have apparently been conducted with finishing cattle fed high-energy diets. The objectives of this study were 1) to evaluate yellow field peas as a replacement for soybean meal and corn grain in a high energy finishing diet and 2) to determine whether or not rolling altered their feeding value.
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Birkelo, C. P.; Johnson, B. J.; and Rops, B. D., "Field Peas in Finishing Cattle Diets and the Effect of Processing" (2000). South Dakota Beef Report, 2000. 5.