Effect of alfalfa maturity on fiber utilization by high producing dairy cows.


Six ruminally cannulated cows were used in a replicated 3 x 3 Latin square to study the effect of alfalfa maturity on utilization of DM and fiber. Cows were fed three diets based on alfalfa hay at early vegetative, late bud, or full bloom maturities. Forage:concentrate ratios were: 68:32, 53:47, and 45:55 for diets with early vegetative, late bud, and full… (More)


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