Alfalfa silages and hay and corn supplementation for yearling steers


Show simple item record Bolsen, K. Ilg, H. Hinds, M. Hoover, J. 2011-01-27T14:06:27Z 2011-01-27T14:06:27Z 2011-01-27
dc.description.abstract Four alfalfa forages were evaluated: 1) hay; 2) low-dry matter (DM) silage; 3) medium-DM silage; and 4) high-DM silage. All forages were full-fed along with 2 lb of supplement or supplement plus 2 or 4 lb of cracked corn. Calves fed hay or medium-DM silage had the fastest and most efficient gains. Hay had the highest intake; low-DM silage, the lowest. Adding corn to the ration improved calf performance slightly, but feed costs per lb of gain were similar for all three levels of corn supplementation. Low- and medium-DM silages were better preserved than high-DM silage, which contained considerable spoilage due to yeasts and molds. High-DM silage also had the highest ensiling temperatures and it was slightly less stable in air on feedout than was either of the other two silages. Dry matter recovery from the stave silos, however, was about 3 percentage units greater for the high-DM silage than for the low- or medium-DM silages. en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Cattlemen’s Day, 1982 en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Report of progress (Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station); 413 en_US
dc.subject Beef en_US
dc.subject Alfalfa silages en_US
dc.subject Hay en_US
dc.subject Corn en_US
dc.subject Steers en_US
dc.subject Dry matter en_US
dc.title Alfalfa silages and hay and corn supplementation for yearling steers en_US
dc.type Conference paper en_US 1982 en_US
dc.citation.epage 21 en_US
dc.citation.spage 17 en_US
dc.description.conference Cattlemen's Day, 1982, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, March 5, 1982 en_US

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