What's Limiting: Quality or Quantity? Can cattle standing in belly-deep grass actually be hungry? Academic Article uri icon


  • Both the forage quality and quantity are depended by the performance of range cattle. And to help cattlemen detect whether forage quality or quantity are limiting performance, a simple and effective set of tools is now available. The development of nutritional computer models are used to estimate the performance of beef cattle. A project has been done to investigate this tool in two ways. First is that if it improves the computer model performance estimates and second, to separate the forage quality from forage quantity problems. It has been found out that this approach can provide a reasonable estimate of forage intake and calibrate forage intake to individual ranches. Thus, it has been proven that this approach is a valuable tool in distinguishing forage quality and quantity as limiting nutritional factors.

published proceedings

  • Rangelands

author list (cited authors)

  • Lyons, R. K., & Machen, R. V.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Lyons, Robert K||Machen, Richard V

publication date

  • December 2007