Origin of roughage
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Some roughage such as vegetables or hay should also be supplied.
The feed given them should consist of both grain and some form of roughage.
It is on this roughage or waste material that intestinal movement or peristalsis depends.Health Through Will Power
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No provision is made for furnishing the fattening geese with green feed or roughage.
Roughage is supplied if not available otherwise and straw, hay or vegetables are utilized for this purpose.
- the coarse indigestible constituents of food or fodder, which provide bulk to the diet and promote normal bowel functionSee also dietary fibre
- any rough or coarse material
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