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Most grass has a higher protien content while it is green and before it sets seed. Some native grasses especially those in the short grass regions keep their nutritional value after they dry off.

To know what protien values your grass has requires a forage analysis. Things like fertilizer levels and time of year can affect the protien of the grass.

The absolute protien level of the grass is only a starting point, the energy of the grass is important and the actual consumption of the grass is equally important.

Too much protien in grass can be counter productive, they can wind up in an energy deficit trying to cope with and expell the excess protien.

Jason Trowbridge Southern Angus Farms Alberta Canada

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> Most grass has a higher protien
> content while it is green and
> before it sets seed. Some native
> grasses especially those in the
> short grass regions keep their
> nutritional value after they dry
> off.

> To know what protien values your
> grass has requires a forage
> analysis. Things like fertilizer
> levels and time of year can affect
> the protien of the grass.

> The absolute protien level of the
> grass is only a starting point,
> the energy of the grass is
> important and the actual
> consumption of the grass is
> equally important.

> Too much protien in grass can be
> counter productive, they can wind
> up in an energy deficit trying to
> cope with and expell the excess
> protien.

> Jason Trowbridge Southern Angus
> Farms Alberta Canada

My cool season grasses that we grow in Wisconsin tested 24.37% Crude Protein (CP) with a Relative Forage Value of 218.27. The Total Digestible Nutreints (TDN) was 71.54% of dry matter. Dry Matter (DM) was 73.13%. Non Fiber Carbohydrate was 26.14% of DM and Fat was 3.20%. The test sample was produced in June, 03. I am used to southern grasses that run about 7 - 14% CP. We can produce very high quility forage in Wisconsin that is digestable by cattle. No need to supplement protien or energy.



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