Forage Utilization

Intensive Rotational Grazing of Steers on Highly Erodible Land at the Adams County CRP Project

  • Russ BreDahl (Iowa State University)
  • Chris O. Nelson (Iowa State University)
  • Rick Sprague (Natural Resources Conservation Service)
  • Daryl R. Strohbehn (Iowa State University)
  • Stephen K. Barnhart (Iowa State University)
  • Robert Dayton (Natural Resources Conservation Service)


Grazing yearling steers is one way to utilize the forages required for participation in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) after CRP contracts expire. In 1995, a stocker-steer intensive-rotational grazing study was conducted at the CRP Research and Demonstration Project near Corning, Iowa. A similar study was carried out in 1994. Seventy-five yearling crossbred steers grazed a 65- acre pasture that had been divided into 27 paddocks using electric fencing from May 4, 1995 to September 14, 1995. During this period, the 65-acre pasture system produced 9,975 animal-days of grazing and 11,403 pounds of gain. On a per-acre basis, this translates to 153.5 animal-days of grazing and 175.4 pounds of gain. The stocking rate was constant for the entire 133- day grazing season at 1.15 steers per acre. On May 4, 1995, the beginning of the grazing season, the average weight of the steers was 495.7 pounds. By the end of the grazing trial on September 14, 1995, the average weight of the steers had increased to 647.7 pounds. The average gain per steer during the 133-day grazing period was 152 pounds, and the average daily gain per steer was 1.14 pounds. The average bodyweight of the steers during the entire grazing season was 571.7 pounds.

Keywords: ASL R1355

How to Cite:

BreDahl, R., Nelson, C. O., Sprague, R., Strohbehn, D. R., Barnhart, S. K. & Dayton, R., (1997) “Intensive Rotational Grazing of Steers on Highly Erodible Land at the Adams County CRP Project”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 1(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 1997
Peer Reviewed