The California Dairy Newsletter's "ABC’s of Forage Analysis" series continues with a look at nonstructural carbohydrates (NSC) and nonfibrous carbohydrates (NFC).

"Both NSC and NFC measure carbohydrates that are not 'structural', in other words, carbohydrates other than cellulose and hemicellulose (constituents of the plant cell wall)," explain Ed DePeters and Jennifer Heguy with the University of California Cooperative Extension. "There are key differences between NFC and NSC, and depending on your (forage) lab of choice, there might also be differences in how NSC and NFC are determined."

Read The ABC’s of Forage Analysis: What are NSC and NFC? in the April 2013 California Dairy Newsletter.

Other articles in the "ABC’s of Forage Analysis" series include:

Back to Basics: The ABC’s of Forage Analysis in the November 2012 California Dairy Newsletter.

The ABC’s of Forage Analysis: Fiber & Digestibility in the March 2013 California Dairy Newsletter.