Department of Animal Science


Date of this Version



2015 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report, University of Nebraska—Lincoln Extension, MP101.


Copyright © 2015 University of Nebraska.


Sugar beet pulp was evaluated as a partial replacement for wheat straw in an energy dense, limit fed ration for gestating multiparous beef cows. Body weight and body condition were similar between cows fed a diet of wet distillers grains:beet pulp:wheat straw in either a 20:20:60 or a 20:45:35 ratio (DM basis). Cows on both diets gained 0.5 of a condition score over an average of 76 days. These data suggest sugar beet pulp can effectively reduce wheat straw to 35% diet DM in a byproduct/crop residue diet limit fed to gestating beef cows.