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Composition and Digestibility of Deer Browse in Southern ForestsAuthor(s): Henry L. Short; Robert M. Blair; E.A. Epps
Source: Res. Pap. SO-111. New Orleans, LA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station. 10 p.
Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
Station: Southern Forest Experiment Station
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DescriptionTwigs were most nutritious and digestible during early growth in spring; they were high in fiber content and low in digestibility during summer, autumn, and winter. Evergreen leaves did not vary substantially in nutrient content and digestibility throughout the year. By contrast, leaves of deciduous species were reduced in quality and digestibility after leaf-fall.
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CitationShort, Henry L.; Blair, Robert M.; Epps, E.A., Jr. 1975. Composition and Digestibility of Deer Browse in Southern Forests. Res. Pap. SO-111. New Orleans, LA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station. 10 p.
Keywordsforage quality, wildlife foods, woody twigs, nutrients, ruminants, invivo microdigestion
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