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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1964. Department of Animal Science.


Copyright 1964, the author. Used by permission.


The nutrient content of roughages with particular reference to range forages has been of prime importance to the range livestock producer. For the economic development of the cattle and sheep industries, the maximum quantity of animal products should be obtained from a minimum amount of feed and labor invested. An index of the nutritive value of native range forages which compose nearly the entire diet of range livestock would, therefore be beneficial to these industries.

The stage of maturity at which hay has been cut and the method in which it has been stored should be such that the maximum quantity and quality of nutrients are preserved. These factors have an influence on the amount of labor involved and cost of production of native hay.

The purpose of this investigation was to study the effect of date of cutting, method of storage and storage time on the nutritive value of Sandhills upland hay.

Advisor: Donald C. Clanton