Forage Utilization

Intensive Rotational Grazing of Steers on Highly Erodible Land at the Adams County CRP Project, 2001

Authors
  • Russell BreDahl (Iowa State University)
  • Chris Nelson (Iowa State University)
  • Rick Sprague (Natural Resources Conservation Service)
  • Brian Peterson (Natural Resources Conservation Service)
  • Bill Bartenhagen (Farm Service Agency)
  • John Klein

Abstract

A steer grazing demonstration was conducted in 2001 at the CRP Research and Demonstration Project farm near Corning, Iowa. Ninety-five steers were delivered to the Adams County CRP farm on April 27, 2001. The steer pasture at the CRP farm was 76 acres, divided into 33 paddocks with electric fence. Cattle were moved 101 times to a fresh paddock during the grazing season. Most of the moves (79.2%) followed 1 day of grazing in a paddock. No paddock was grazed for more than 3 days in succession. Rate of gain on pasture (2.12 lbs./animal/day) was higher in 2001 than in any previous year in the 8-year steer grazing project at the CRP farm. The 95 steers gained a total of 21,056 pounds on pasture, and the cost of the gain on pasture was $51.30/cwt. The 2001 steer grazing project showed a small profit above all costs. The net profit was $4.12/steer or $5.15/acre. Large profits and large losses are possible, primarily depending on the difference between the buying and selling prices.

Keywords: ASL R1782

How to Cite:

BreDahl, R., Nelson, C., Sprague, R., Peterson, B., Bartenhagen, B. & Klein, J., (2003) “Intensive Rotational Grazing of Steers on Highly Erodible Land at the Adams County CRP Project, 2001”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 1(1).

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01 Jan 2003
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