Department of Animal Science


Date of this Version

January 2001


Published in Nebraska Beef Cattle Report 2001, published by Agricultural Research Division, University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension, and Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Lactating, June-calving cows that received protein supplement January through March maintained a lower body condition than dry June cows. Dry, nonsupplemented cows lost more body condition compared to dry, supplemented cows over that same time period. June-born steers wintered at a low rate of gain (.4 lb/day) had higher daily gains on sub-irrigated meadow during May than June born steers wintered at a higher rate of gain (1.6 lb/day). Supplemental protein fed during summer grazing on range increased daily gains for steers wintered at both high and low gains compared to non-supplemented steers.