almond hulls, growing cattle, limit-feeding
Objective: The objective of this experiment was to evaluate the effects of almond hull inclusion and almond hull processing on growth performance of limit-fed growing beef cattle during a 56-day growing period.
Study Description: A total of 364 steers were assigned to one of four diets. The control diet contained (dry matter basis) 39.5% dry-rolled corn, 7.5% supplement, 40% wet-corn gluten feed, and 13% prairie hay. Almond hulls replaced prairie hay or prairie hay and dry-rolled corn and were fed at 13 and 26% of the diet, respectively. A subset of almond hulls was processed using a grinder mixer with no screen. Processed almond hulls replaced prairie hay and were fed at 13% of the diet. Diets were limit-fed for 56 days.
The Bottom Line: These data were interpreted to suggest almond hulls can be utilized as an alternative to prairie hay in limit-fed growing beef cattle diets while maintaining or slightly improving growth performance.
Duncan, Z. M.; DeBord, Z. L.; Pflughoeft, M. G.; Suhr, K. J.; Hollenbeck, W. R.; Brazle, F. K.; Titgemeyer, E. C.; Olson, K. C.; and Blasi, D. A.
"Effects of Almond Hull Inclusion on Growth Performance of Limit-Fed Growing Cattle,"
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