Supplementation strategies for forage-fed beef steers

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Show simple item record Hunter, R.D. Nutsch, T.A. Drouillard, James S. Blasi, Dale A. 2010-08-20T21:36:25Z 2010-08-20T21:36:25Z 2010-08-20T21:36:25Z
dc.description.abstract A comparison was made of different supplementation strategies for steer calves wintered on brome hay for 109 days. Treatments consisted of no supplement, 1.33 lb/head daily of a 30% protein range cube, a commercially available free-choice block supplement containing 40% crude protein (19% as non-protein nitrogen), and a soy-based block supplement containing soy solubles and full-fat soybeans with 40% crude protein (25% as nonprotein nitrogen). Following the backgrounding phase, steers were placed onto finishing rations and fed for an additional 152 days before being slaughtered. Gain during the growing phase was greater for all supplemented cattle than for unsupplemented controls. Cattle fed blocks or no supplement tended to compensate during the finishing phase, suggesting that differences in gastrointestinal tract fill may have impacted body weights at the end of the back grounding phase. When performance was evaluated over the entire 261-day trial, cattle fed blocks were more efficient than controls, whereas efficiencies of cattle fed range cubes were essentially equal to those of cattle that previously received no supplement. Additionally, soybean solubles and full-fat soybeans were viable alternatives to traditional ingredients for manufacturing free-choice block supplements. en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Cattlemen’s Day, 2000 en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station contribution; no. 00-287-S en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Report of progress (Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service); 850 en_US
dc.subject Beef en_US
dc.subject Growing cattle en_US
dc.subject Forages en_US
dc.subject Blocks en_US
dc.title Supplementation strategies for forage-fed beef steers en_US
dc.type Conference paper en_US 2000 en_US
dc.citation.epage 28 en_US
dc.citation.spage 25 en_US
dc.description.conference Cattlemen's Day, 2000, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, March 3, 2000 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid jdrouill en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid dblasi en_US

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