Project ID

2004-E35

Abstract

Livestock producers looking for ways to cut costs may find that winter grazing offers a viable option.

Key Question

Is winter grazing of stockpiled grass-legume forages an effective strategy for reducing the costs of developing beef heifers and young cows in Iowa?

Findings

Even in a winter with above normal snowfall and cover, pregnant two-year cows grazing stockpiled forage required no hay and 16 to 286 lb corn gluten feed per cow compared to 5,195 lb hay and 69 lb corn gluten feed per cow. This decrease in hay feeding to grazing cows reduced winter production costs by $.07 to $.45 per cow per day depending on stocking rate.

Principal Investigator(s)

Jim Russell

Co-Investigator(s)

Dan Morrical, Daryl Strohbehn, John Lawrence,

Year of Grant Completion

2006

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