Department of Animal Science


Date of this Version

January 1998


Published in Nebraska Beef Cattle Report 1998, published by Agricultural Research Division, University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension, and Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Two trials conducted in 1996-1997 evaluated dried poultry waste relative to soybean meal for cows grazing winter forages. In Trial 1, cows grazing native Sandhills winter range received: 1) no supplement; 2) urea; 3) 22% dried poultry waste+urea; 4) soybean meal; 5) 22% dried poultry waste+soybean meal; or 6) 44% dried poultry waste. Cows receiving supplements gained more weight (P<.001) and maintained greater body condition (P<.001) than unsupplemented cows. Cows receiving urea gained less (P<.10) than cows receiving more natural protein, although body condition remained similar. In Trial 2, cows grazing cornstalks received supplements containing either soybean meal or dried poultry waste; however, gains were not different.