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Title: Composition and Digestibility of Deer Browse in Southern Forests
Author: Short, Henry L.; Blair, Robert M.; Epps, E.A. Jr.;
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)
Description: Twigs 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.
Keywords: forage quality, wildlife foods, woody twigs, nutrients, ruminants, invivo microdigestion
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Short, 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.
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