Forage Utilization

Management Intensive Grazing of Stockers at the Andrew Jackson Demonstration Farm (1996 – 1998)

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

Abstract

The Andrew Jackson Demonstration Farm (AJDF) is located in central Jackson County in east central Iowa. A board of directors operates the farm for the purpose of demonstrating different production practices and management strategies. From 1996 to 1998 management intensive grazing practices and the grazing of stockers on a combination of permanent and tillable pasture have been demonstrated. Grazing strategies or practices demonstrated during these years included establishment of Eastern Gamagrass and Big Bluestem, variable density grazing, measuring forage on-offer, estimating dry matter intake, grazing corn, pasture renovation, and fencing and water systems. Production performance data were gathered for the three years stockers that were grazed. During this time the stockers averaged 121 animal days of grazing, a 1.1 head per acre stocking rate, a 1.85 pound average daily gain, and 228 pounds of gain per acre. The financial measures evaluated the value of gain on pasture and the pasture cost of the gain. The value of gain per pound was positive for 1996 and 1997 at $.58 and $.52 whereas in 1998 it was a -$.04. Pasture costs per pound of gain ranged from $.12 to $.16. Production performance is only one part of the profit picture when evaluating a stocker operation. Buysell margins are the other significant part that can greatly impact the profit potential of a summer grazing program.

Keywords: ASL R1642

How to Cite:

Harvey, T. & Pitcher, M. O., (2000) “Management Intensive Grazing of Stockers at the Andrew Jackson Demonstration Farm (1996 – 1998)”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 1(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2000
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