Animal Science Department


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2016 Nebraska Beef Cattle Reports


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A 2- yr study compared a traditional system of grazing yearlings followed by a grain- based drylot finishing program to a system using a self- fed dried distillers grain supplement during a spring/summer/fall pasture grazing season. Th e self- fed (SF) heifers had greater ADG and ending BW on pasture but the traditionally managed heifers had greater final BW and HCW. At harvest, SF heifers had greater 12th rib back fat. When data were adjusted to a common empty body fat, carcass weight and marbling score were greater for traditionally managed heifers.

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