Forage Utilization

Intensive Rotational Grazing of Steers at the Andrew Jackson Demonstration Farm

Authors
  • Tony Harvey (Iowa State University)
  • M. O. Pitcher (Iowa State University)

Abstract

Fifty head of crossbred steers started grazing 51 acres of pasture on May 1 in a rotational grazing system using a variable density paddock system. Twenty-two head grazed 92 days, 27 grazed 140 days, and one steer died. A total of 11,922 pounds was produced on 5,804 animal-days of grazing. The average daily gain was 2.02 pounds for group 1 and 2.07 for group 2. The stocking rate for the first 92 days was .98 steers per acre and .53 for the final 48 days. The animal days of grazing per acre was 113 and the pounds of gain per acre was 233. Total return for land, labor and management for the demonstration was $2,829.76 or $55.49/acre.

Keywords: ASL R1460

How to Cite:

Harvey, T. & Pitcher, M. O., (1998) “Intensive Rotational Grazing of Steers at the Andrew Jackson Demonstration Farm”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 1(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 1998
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