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9326. Clark, R.W.. 1906. Feeding experiments with cattle, sheep, swine and horses.. Utah Agr. Expt. Sta. Bulletin No. 101, Logan, UT..
Since the establishment of sugar factories in this State, considerable inquiry has arisen regarding the food value of sugar beets and the byproducts of the factories. PLAN OF WORK 1. Feeding sugar beets and sugar beet pulp to dairy cows. 2. Feeding sugar beets and pulp to sheep and steers. 3. Feeding sugar beets, sugar beet pulp and beet molasses to swine. 4. Feeding sugar beet pulp to horses. 5. Effect of beet pulp on strength of bone. 1. Feeding different amounts of grain to dairy cows. 2. Apples as food for swine. 3. Grazing experiment with swine. 4. Cost of growing swine. 5. Cost of raising cattle to two years of age. 6. Profit in running sheep on enclosed farm. SUMMARY A complete listing of the results is given on page 198 of the bulletin. The following are some examples of the results: (1) Sugar beets and beet pulp for dairy cows are nearly equal in value. (2) Sugar beets and beet pulp had a value of from 90 cents to $1.00 per ton (3) Milk from beet and pulpfed cows was a trifle higher in butter fat, the increased percentage being very small.

9971. Brusko, M.. 1986. Grazing through the snow.. The New Farm, May/June 1986, p.20-23..
By experimenting with cool-season pasture grasses, cattlemen are reducing their winter feed bills. In Woodruff, Utah, crested wheatgrass is successfully grazed for 60 days in the middle of winter. With fall re-growth, crested wheatgrass has a protein content of 15%. In Canada, when crested wheatgrass was grown with alfalfa, forage yields were doubled. Another promising winter forage is fourwing saltbrush (Atriplex canescens), with 12% protein. According to a USDA-ARS geneticist, basin wildrye (Elymus cinereus) has better nutritional content than crested wheatgrass in both fall and winter. Many other reports are showing that with proper management of cool-season perennials, ranchers will be able to reduce their winter feed bills.

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