Diet and behavior

Diet Selection and Grazing Behavior
Dr. Kathy Soder, USDA ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit

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A grazing ruminant is presented with a smorgasbord of choices when turned out onto a pasture. However, little is understood on how selection decisions are made by the animal, including …

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Sward structure and bite mass

Does sward structure affect bite mass of grazing cattle?
Dr. Kathy Soder, USDA ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit)

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Summary

Dry matter intake (DMI) is a key factor for animal performance in pasture-based systems. While pasture DMI depends greatly on forage quality and availability, forage …

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