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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1948. Department of Animal Husbandry.


Copyright 1948, the author. Used by permission.


The following factors account in a large measure for the interest of the Nebraska Experiment Station in dehydrated alfalfa meal as a source of crude protein for beef cattle:

1) Scarcity of high protein feeds in recent years; 2) The interest of beef cattle producers in supplements of high carotene value; and 3) Rapid growth of the dehydrating industry.

Studies with urea as a source of supplemental nitrogen have revealed that ruminants can utilize this non-protein nitrogen. This fact raised the question of the possibility of producing a protein concentrate of alfalfa plus enough urea to put it on the same nitrogen basis as cottonseed cake or soybean oil meal.

The purpose of this study was to assay the value of dehydrated alfalfa meal and urea as sources of supplementary nitrogen for beef cattle on a fattening ration.

Advisor: Marvel L. Baker