• Comparison with Other Forages

    NIS compares favourably with other forages such as hay or chopped straw in terms of available energy.

Comparison Of NIS With Other Forages

NIS compares favourably with other forages such as hay or chopped straw in terms of available energy, impact on DMI, consistency, palatability, alkalinity and buffering effect, and ease of handling and/or storage.

  Chopped Straw/Hay NIS
Dry Matter Variable 82-90% 90%
ME (MJ/kg DM) 4 7
Crude Protein 3.5% 3.5%
pH buffering effect Nil 1.5% Sodium Bicarbonate equivalent
Fat 1% 1%
Consistency Variable Consistent
Palatability Low High
Ease of mixing in TMR or with concentrates Difficult Easy
Handling issues on farm Significant: stacking bales, dust from chopping, storage of chopped straw Low: Pelleted product ready for use
Likelihood of cows to sort High Low
Likelihood of product left in feed trough High Low
Scratch Factor Good Good
Likely effect on Dry Matter Intake (DMI) Likely to Reduce DMI Proven to increase DMI

 

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