Animal Science, Department of


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Published in 2008 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report. Copyright © 2007 The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska


At the University of Nebraska Gudmundsen Sandhills Lab for 60 days from mid-June to mid-August for 2 years (2005 and 2006), 24 paddocks were randomly assigned to one of three treatments. Treatments were control (CON) at the recommended stocking rate and no supplementation, double stocked (2X) or double stocked with 5 lb of DDGS daily (SUP). There was no difference in ADG between the CON and 2X calves; however, SUP calves gained more than the unsupplemented groups. Forage use was not different between SUP (58%) and 2X (62%); however, use was lower for CON group (36%). Distillers dried grains supplementation increased ADG of calves; however, DDGS did not replace or conserve grazed forage such that stocking rate could be increased twofold.