Forage quality important, but misunderstood
Know factors that affect feed’s quality
by Rusty Evans
Leaf Chronicle (TN)
Forage quality, defined in various ways, is often poorly understood.
It is important, but forage quality often receives far less consideration than it deserves.
Adequate animal nutrition is essential if you want high rates of gain, ample milk production and adequate profits. Forage quality varies greatly among and within forage crops, and there are different nutritional needs among various animal species and classes.
If you want to produce suitable quality forage, it requires knowing the factors that affect forage quality, then exercising management accordingly.