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Table 1 Characteristics of tall fescue and alfalfa plants (± SE) with significance (P < 0.05) for difference between species (NDF, neutral detergent fiber; DMIVD, dry matter in vitro digestibility; IR, dry matter intake rate; DI, digestible dry matter intake).

From: Resource heterogeneity and foraging behaviour of cattle across spatial scales

  Forage species P value
  Alfalfa Tall fescue  
Mass offered (g/pot) 3.69 (± 0.25) 4.66 (± 0.25) < 0.0093
Height (cm) 29.9 (± 0.2) 19.8 (± 0.2) < 0.0001
Dry matter (%) 22.8 (± 0.6) 25.1 (± 0.6) < 0.0073
Crude protein (%) 22.7 (± 0.5) 12.5 (± 0.5) < 0.0001
NDF (%) 33.2 (± 0.9) 51.9 (± 0.9) < 0.0001
DMIVD (%) 71.7 (± 0.9) 66.5 (± 0.9) < 0.0001
Average bite weight (g) 1.55 (± 0.03) 0.89 (± 0.03) < 0.0001
Average biting rate (bites/min) 45.0 (± 1.0) 46.2 (± 1.0) NS1
Average IR (g/min) 69.7 (± 1.6) 41.07 (± 1.6) < 0.0001
Maximum daily DI (kg) 20.55 13.12 Not determined
  1. 1NS: Not significant.