5/32 in. (4 mm) Forage Particle Separator Sieve Only
Product Number: C32767
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Forage particle length is becoming an increasingly important issue in ruminant nutrition. Knowing the particle length, and understanding the factors which influence it, can promote better rumen health and milk production. This economical, easy-to-use Forage Particle Separator allows you to test your own forage or diet with immediate results on your as-fed feeds. By determining the different percentages of forage and feedstuff lengths, you can determine how much long feed material should be added to meet the needs of your dairy cows. This Forage Particle Separator will help you achieve the correct particle lengths needed to help meet the nutritional requirements of dairy animals. If minimum fiber levels are not obtained, cows often display one or more of the following metabolic disorders: reduced total dry matter digestibility, reduced milk fat percentage, displaced abomasum (DA), and an increase in the incidence of rumen parakeratosis. Reduced forage particle size has been known to decrease the time a cow spends chewing, which can cause decreased rumen pH. Smaller forage particles also spend less time in the rumen for microbial digestion, thereby decreasing digestibility. Diets that are too long can reduce intake and limit production. As determined from research data conducted by the Pennsylvania State University.
For use in determining Physically Effective Fiber (peNDF) of a Feedstuff or Ration. This unit will fit within an existing set of forage particle sieves. It has 0.16 in. (4 mm) holes and the appropriate sieve thickness to separate feedstuffs for a reasonable determination of effective fiber. It will stack in line with the 0.75 in. (19 mm) and 0.31 in. (8 mm) sieves and above the bottom pan. Research has shown that the addition of the feed material on the 0.75 in., 0.31 in., and 0.16 in. sieves can yield a good estimate of the physically effective fiber (peNDF) of a forage or diet. This unit is now a part of the standard Three-Sieve Forage Particle Separator (C24682N), but is offered individually if a set with a 0.05 in. (1.18 mm) stainless steel screen has been previously purchased.