Department of Animal Science


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Published in 2006 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report. Copyright © 2005 The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska.


Yearling steers continuously grazed summer native Sandhill range, with supplementation of varying levels of dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS): 0.26, 0.51, 0.77, and 1.03% BW. Forage intakes were predicted using an equation based on TDN. Forage intakes linearly decreased as level of DDGS increased. Average daily gain linearly increased as level of DDGS increased. Steers were finished and slaughtered. No significant differences were found in feedlot performance or carcass data. Economical analyses were conducted and suggest supplementing DDGS is profitable. Increased gain from supplementing yearling steers DDGS while grazing summer range did not affect feedlot performance and can be economical.