a1 (Institute for the Study of Animal Nutrition, School of Agriculture, Cambridge.)
The results of an investigation into the utilisation of sugar-beet pulp by ruminant animals were brought forward in a recent publication (I). It was demonstrated that sugar-beet pulp is highly digestible when consumed by ruminants. In respect of the digestibility of its N-free extractives and total organic matter, it compares very satisfactorily with maize meal. The process of drying the wet beet pulp in the factory does not depress its digestibility. Further, from the standpoint of digestibility, it is immaterial whether sugar-beet pulp is included in the rations of ruminants in the dry or the soaked condition. When, however, liberal allowances of the dried product are being fed to animals, it is desirable that the food should be well softened in water before feeding. This procedure ensures a higher availability of the digestible nutrients for productive purposes in the animal and also averts risk of choking trouble which sometimes arises, especially with sheep and lambs, during consumption of the dried beet pulp.
(Received June 19 1929)