Department of Animal Science


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Published in 2013 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report.


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Data from seven consecutive years were summarized from 2005 through 2011 to evaluate dried distillers grains plus solubles (DDGS) supplementation strategies on yearling performance when grazing smooth bromegrass pastures. Steers supplemented daily with DDGS on nonfertilized smooth bromegrass pastures had ADG 0.59 lb/day greater than unsupplemented steers. Steers strategically supplemented with DDGS gained 2.47 lb/day while steers supplemented daily at 0.6% of BW gained 2.68 lb/day, both greater than unsupplemented steers at 1.99 lb/day. Strategic supplementation with increasing levels of DDGS as forage digestibility declined did not improve cattle performance over steers supplemented at 0.6% of BW with DDGS daily.