Palatability: More than a Matter of Taste

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Burritt, B.
Utah State University Extension
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Is it palatable or unpalatable? These terms are often used  to describe forage plants or livestock feeds, but do we  really understand the meaning of palatability? Webster  defines palatable as agreeable to the palate or taste.  Animal scientists explain palatability as the degree to  which animals like a food based on its flavor. Plant  scientists describe palatability as a plant’s chemical  composition, its structure and the availability of other  plant species in a pasture or on rangeland. These  definitions of palatability focus on either 1) a food’s  flavor or 2) its chemical and/or physical characteristics  but none of these definitions link the two. 
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