Tips for maximizing forage in ruminant rations

Tips for maximizing forage in ruminant rations

Feed additives may be the key to emission reductions in animal production. (Ron Sumners | Fotolia.com)

Fiber is a critical component of ruminant diets and offers numerous health and productivity benefits.

Forages can account for a small proportion or up to 100% of ruminant rations. With the exception of some grasses, they’re generally characterized by high fiber and lower energy value compared with other carbohydrate sources, such as cereals.