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This webinar was held March 4, 2015 from 8-9:05pm CST.


  • Gilles Bélanger, Ph.D., Research Scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Québec City
  • Robert Berthiaume, Ph.D. – dairy production expert in forage systems at Valacta
  • Tracy Herbert, BCRC’s Beef Extension Coordinator

Sugars, also known as non-structural carbohydrates (NSC), are an important source of readily available energy in forages. Increasing forage NSC has been shown to improve feed intake, milk yield, and nitrogen use efficiency in beef and dairy cows, and other ruminants. Scientists from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Université Laval carried out various studies looking at increasing NSC in forages, including taking advantage of diurnal variations in NSC.

Video Guide

00:00 – 04:18: Welcome Comments
04:18 – 24:50: Crop Management Practices that Affect Sugars in Forages
24:50 – 27:21: Polling the Audience
27:25 – 46:50: Sweet Forages and Performance in Beef and Dairy Cattle
46:51 – 1:00:58: Questions from the Audience
1:00:58 – 1:03:15: Closing Comments