from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The various kinds of food for cattle.
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We shall have, said Picrochole, but too much sustenance and feeding-stuff.
In the case of wheat, it may be pointed out that the portion which is used as a feeding-stuff -- viz., _bran_ -- is very much richer in nitrogen than the flour.
When it is feasible, a rather large proportion of the entire produce of the rotation should be feeding-stuff for livestock, as soil fertility is most easily guarded by livestock farming.
In some regions the ability to substitute a good hay crop for a cereal that brings small net income is an item of value, adding to the proportion of feeding-stuff produced in the rotation and to the resulting supply of manure.
It is usually given to horses, and owing to its high proportion of nitrogen, is, perhaps, better expended in the bodies of those hard-working animals, than in those of pigs and cows -- animals that occasionally come in for a share of this valuable feeding-stuff.
When there are added to this loss the expense of carting the grain to and from the malt-house, and the maltster's charge for operating upon it (I presume in this case that the feeder is not his own maltster), it will be found that two tons of malt will cost the farmer nearly as much as three tons of barley; and he will then have to solve the problem -- _Whether or not malt is 40 or 50 per cent. more valuable as a feeding-stuff than barley_.