Department of Animal Science


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2016 Nebraska Beef Cattle Reports


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Effects of wintering cow- calf pairs on cornstalks or in a drylot on cow- calf performance and reproduction in a summer-calving intensively managed cowherd were evaluated at two locations. Cow body condition score change was not different between treatments in western Nebraska, but was greater for pairs fed in a drylot in eastern Nebraska. In western Nebraska, calf gain and weights were not different between treatments, but were greater for drylot calves in eastern Nebraska. Initial data indicate that wintering pairs on cornstalks may decrease cow performance and calf gain. If reproduction is adequate and grazing is not impeded, wintering pairs on cornstalks may be viable for later- calving cowherds compared to drylot feeding.

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