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dc.contributor.authorDe Vries, M. F. W.
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-23T18:33:00Z
dc.date.available2020-09-23T18:33:00Z
dc.date.issued1995-07-01
dc.identifier.citationDe Vries, M. W. (1995). Estimating forage intake and quality in grazing cattle: A reconsideration of the hand-plucking method. Journal of Range Management, 48(4), 370-375.
dc.identifier.issn0022-409X
dc.identifier.doi10.2307/4002491
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/644392
dc.description.abstractThe hand-plucking method for estimation of bite size and nutritive quality was tested for steers grazing at low stocking rates on heathland and in riverine grassland. Vegetation height, standing crop, and cover of distinct plant categories were determined in 13 sampling periods over 2 years. In each period bite size was estimated with 4 esophageally fistulated steers. Bite counts on different plant categories were made during sampling. The plant categories were sampled separately by hand-plucking and weighed to determine plucking size. Extrusa and hand-plucked samples were analyzed for concentrations of nitrogen and calcium. Vegetation height was a more accurate predictor of plucking size than standing crop. A curvilinear relationship was derived between plucking size and bite size. The nutritive quality of extrusa and hand-plucked samples was not significantly different. It is concluded that the application of the hand-plucking method appears successful when a stratified sampling approach to hand-plucking is followed. Future studies should examine operator-biases and how these can be minimized.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSociety for Range Management
dc.relation.urlhttps://rangelands.org/
dc.rightsCopyright © Society for Range Management.
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dc.subjectheathlands
dc.subjectNetherlands
dc.subjectbite size
dc.subjectmethodology
dc.subjectriparian grasslands
dc.subjectestimation
dc.subjectcattle
dc.subjectbotanical composition
dc.subjectgrazing
dc.subjectfeed intake
dc.titleEstimating forage intake and quality in grazing cattle: A reconsideration of the hand-plucking method
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dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Range Management
dc.description.collectioninformationThe Journal of Range Management archives are made available by the Society for Range Management and the University of Arizona Libraries. Contact lbry-journals@email.arizona.edu for further information.
dc.eprint.versionFinal published version
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dc.source.volume48
dc.source.issue4
dc.source.beginpage370-375
refterms.dateFOA2020-09-23T18:33:00Z


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