Animal Science, Department of


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Published in 2021 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report, University of Nebraska Extension Publication MP110


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It is important to know or predict feed intake by growing calves on forage- based diets in order to balance these diets for nutrients such as energy and protein. Several growing calf studies with forage- based diets were summarized. ! ese studies evaluated the use of crop residue as a substitute for conventional forages, primarily grass hay. Calves gained about 1.8 lb/day for all forage- based diets. Calves consumed 2.6% of body weight daily when fed hay- based diets, but those fed residue with distillers grains diets consumed only 1.6% of body weight. However, when feeding the residue with distillers grains diets, the cost per lb of gain was less than the grass hay based diets.