Level and method of feeding dehydrated alfalfa pellets as a protein supplement for beef cows grazing winter flint hills range

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dc.contributor.author Vanzant, E.S.
dc.contributor.author Cochran, R.C.
dc.contributor.author Corah, L.R.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-02T21:41:04Z
dc.date.available 2010-11-02T21:41:04Z
dc.date.issued 2010-11-02
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/6449
dc.description.abstract Four winter protein supplementation schemes were studied using 116 beef cows grazing Flint Hills range. The treatments were: 1) 4.0 lb soybean meal/sorghum grain (27.3% crude protein (CP» per head daily (SS), 2) 4.0 lb dehydrated alfalfa pellets (DEHY. 20.0% CP) per head daily (LO-DEHY), 3) 5.5 lb DEHY per head daily (HI-DEHY), and 4) DEHY fed at levels calculated to provide 4.0 lb per head daily with less fed in early winter and more fed in late winter (STAGGER-DEHY). The HI-DEHY and SS treatments resulted in higher (P<.05) weight gains and smaller (P<.05) losses in body condition before calving than the other two treatments. The HI-DEHY group had less cumulative weight loss (P<.05) at calving than the SS group. Cow performance was similar (P>.10) for the LO-DEHY and STAGGER-DEHY groups. Cow reproductive performance and calf birth weights and average daily gains were unaffected (P>.10) by the treatments. All of the supplementation schemes evaluated in this experiment appeared relatively satisfactory, given the initial condition of the cows. However, the higher levels of nutrient supplementation (HI-DEHY and SS; 1 lb CP/d) would probably sustain reproductive performance at a higher level over an extended period of time. Additionally, when DEHY was fed at the low level, altering the schedule of feeding over the winter did not appear to affect cow performance. en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Cattlemen’s Day, 1990 en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station contribution; no. 90-361-S en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Report of progress (Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service); 592 en_US
dc.subject Beef en_US
dc.subject Cows en_US
dc.subject Protein supplements en_US
dc.subject Dehydrated alfalfa pellets en_US
dc.subject Winter range en_US
dc.title Level and method of feeding dehydrated alfalfa pellets as a protein supplement for beef cows grazing winter flint hills range en_US
dc.type Conference paper en_US
dc.date.published 1990 en_US
dc.citation.epage 83 en_US
dc.citation.spage 81 en_US
dc.description.conference Cattlemen's Day, 1990, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, February, 1990 en_US


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