Department of Animal Science


Date of this Version

January 2000


Published in Nebraska Beef Cattle Report 2000, published by Agricultural Research Division, University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension, and Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Four experiments were conducted, two with calves in the winter/spring and two with yearlings during the summer, to evaluate the effects of decreasing dietary phosphorus on nutrient balance in the feedlot. The control diets averaged .38% phosphorus, whereas the experimental diets were formulated to not exceed requirements (~.25%). Phosphorus excretion was reduced by feeding the lower phosphorus diet. Phosphorus removed in manure at cleaning was not different. However, when manure was corrected for soil phosphorus, phosphorus removal was decreased by 59% in the summer trials and 38% in the calf trials during the winter/spring by feeding the experimental diet.