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Commodities: Field Crops: Forages

Common Terms Used in Animal Feeding and Nutrition

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Ensiled: Plant materials preserved by anaerobic fermentation and typically stored in a bag, bunker, wrapped bale, or upright silo.

Ethanol Soluble Carbohydrates (ESC): These are the carbohydrates which can be solubilized and extracted in 80% ethanol. ESC includes primarily monosaccharides and disaccharides.

Ether Extract: This is a portion of dry matter extracted with ether. It is a laboratory test to approximate the total fat (or crude fat) content of a feed; it includes some waxes, pigments and other lipids to a minor degree in addition to true fats.