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Title: Comparative quality of pasturage on Western Canadian ranges
Author: Willis, Thomas Garnet
Degree Master of Science - MSc
Program Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems
Copyright Date: 1947
Abstract: An introductory investigation of the quality of range forage of some vegetational associations of the four Western Canadian provinces has been presented. Although the work reported on concerns only four nutrients, viz., protein, calcium, phosphorus and ash, trends of pasture quality by vegetational type have been demonstrated. The determination of crude protein alone has led to interesting conclusions because of the significant interrelationship between protein and other plant constituents. A general picture of vegetational quality has been painted. As a result of this work a method of assessing the grasslands for quality is proposed wherein the relative pasture values are expressed as "quality indices". Protein, deemed the limiting factor in carrying capacity, is assumed to be the most important single criterion for forage quality estimation.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/41553
Series/Report no. UBC Retrospective Theses Digitization Project [http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/retro_theses/]
Scholarly Level: Graduate

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