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extracted chopped sugar beets, a waste of the beet-sugar industry. It is used as a feed for livestock in fresh, ensilaged (sour bagasse), and dry form. All kinds of animals eat it. Fresh bagasse is a watery feed, with a general food value close to that of the most watery root crops. It spoils fast and does not stand transportation well. It is dried to improve transportability and keeping properties. Dry bagasse is produced at plants in the form of briquettes or in loose form. Owing to protein deficiency, dry bagasse does not replace concentrated feed; it is used as a fodder rich in carbohydrates. Sour bagasse is obtained by ensilaging the fresh material; it is richer in protein and is eaten more readily by livestock. One hundred kg of fresh bagasse contain 11 8 feed units and 0.6 kg digestible protein; sour bagasse contains 8.7 and 0.8, respectively, and dry bagasse, 84.0 and 3.8. Feeder cattle are fed 50–60 kg of fresh or sour bagasse a day; dairy cows, not more than 40 kg. Cows may be given about 4 kg dry bagasse.