Soil-Ingestion Rates of Steers following Brush Management in Central Texas

Donald R. Kirby, Jerry W. Stuth
1980 Journal of range management  
Fecal soil concentrations and soil-ingestion rates were estimated for steers grazing pastures treated 1 year prior with herbicide or bulldozing and stacking. Mean fecal soil concentration was higher on mechanically treated, 16.675, than those chemically treated, 12SoJ" or untreated, 10.9%, under similar forage utilization levels (50%). With one exception, fecal soil concentration decreased over the study period on treated pastures. Fecal soil concentration was correlated with forb availability
more » ... forb availability (r = 0.72) and percentage bare ground (I = 0.85) on treated pastures. At the forage utilization level of this study, no relationship between fecal soil concentration and stocking pressure was apparent.
doi:10.2307/3898286 fatcat:sjfbx4ofljeqjnm2ucps6ib4ki