Animal Science Department


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Published in 2009 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report (Lincoln, NE: December, 2008). Copyright © 2008 The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska.


Animals were housed in individual pens and fed high quality (11% CP) meadow hay ad libitum daily to evaluate the effect of a beef animal’s physiological state (cow-calf pair vs. dry cow vs. yearling steer) on forage intake. Daily diet samples were composited by week and analyzed. Refusals were collected, composited by week per pen and analyzed. Dry matter intake (DMI) was different among treatments. The results indicate different physiological states or classes of cattle should be considered when calculating forage demand for stocking rate or feeding purposes.