Effects of half- vs three-quarterseason grazing of native grass pastures

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dc.contributor.author Brazle, F.K.
dc.contributor.author Kilgore, Gary L.
dc.contributor.author Fausett, M.R.
dc.date 1999 en
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-24T19:11:36Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-24T19:11:36Z
dc.date.issued 2010-08-24T19:11:36Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/4740
dc.description.abstract Mixed-breed steers (563 lbs) grazed burned, native-grass pastures (1990 to 1998). Steers were allotted randomly to graze native grass pastures for either 1/2 season (1/2) from April to July 15 (81 days, at 1 steer to 2 acres) or for 3/4 season (3/4) from April to August 15 (112 days, at 1 steer per 3 acres). The grass composition was measured in the first, fourth, and eighth years of the study. The economics of steers grazing the two systems were determined by calf and feeder cattle prices at Dodge City adjusted to southeast Kansas. The steers grazing 1/2 gained more per day (2.78 lb vs 2.48 lb, P<.01) but gained less (P<.01) per season (225 lb vs 278 lb). No changes in percentage composition occurred between systems for big bluestem, little bluestem, switchgrass, total perennial grass, or total perennial forbs. However, Indiangrass increased more (P<.05) while managed under 1/2 than 3/4 grazing. The 1/2 system had a higher return per acre, but the 3/4 system had a higher return per head. Grazing system did not appear to have a negative effect on grass composition during the 9-year period. en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Cattlemen’s Day, 1999 en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station contribution; no. 99-339-S en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Report of progress (Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service); 831 en_US
dc.subject Beef en_US
dc.subject Native grass en_US
dc.subject Stocker cattle en_US
dc.subject Grazing systems en_US
dc.title Effects of half- vs three-quarterseason grazing of native grass pastures en_US
dc.type Conference paper en_US
dc.date.published 1999 en_US
dc.citation.epage 161 en_US
dc.citation.spage 160 en_US
dc.description.conference Cattlemen's Day, 1999, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, March 5, 1999 en_US


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