Particle breakdown and rumen digestion of fresh ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) and lucerne (Medicago sativa L.) fed to cows during a restricted feeding period.

@article{Waghorn1989ParticleBA,
  title={Particle breakdown and rumen digestion of fresh ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) and lucerne (Medicago sativa L.) fed to cows during a restricted feeding period.},
  author={Garry C. Waghorn and I. D. Shelton and Veronica J. Thomas},
  journal={The British journal of nutrition},
  year={1989},
  volume={61 2},
  pages={409-23}
}
1. Five rumen-fistulated cows were given freshly cut ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) and lucerne (Medicago sativa L.), on separate occasions, to compare rates of particle breakdown and aspects of rumen fermentation. 2. Cattle were required to consume their daily allowance (offered ad lib.) in two 2 h feeding periods daily. 3. During the first 2 h feeding period, dry matter (DM) intakes of ryegrass (4.75 kg) and lucerne (4.85 kg) were similar. Eating reduced 46% of ryegrass and 61% of lucerne to a… CONTINUE READING