Title

Rice as a lot feed for Ord River beef cattle

Authors

A McRae Holm

Document Type

Technical Bulletin

Publication Date

1977

Series Number

32

Keywords

Feed grains, Beef cattle, Western Australia, Nutritive value, Rice, Ord River region (WA)

Abstract

Results suggested that coarsely ground, rough hulled rice varieties were unsuitable for lot feeding because they led to occasional deaths, but that smooth hulled varieties had better prospects as ration bases. Although some animals vomited undigested rice hulls, and there was a high incidence of bloat and laminitis, rice-cottonseed rations were found to be efficiently used. Weight gains, corrected for the large build up of undigested rice hulls in the rumen, were slighly lower than gains of steers fed sorghum.

Comments

Withdrawn from circulation July 1998

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