Extended grazing systems for improving economic returns from Nebraska sandhills cow/calf operations

D. C. Adams, R. T. Clark, S. A. Coady, J. B. Lamb, M. K. Nielsen

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Abstract

Three winter treatments were cross classified with 2 spring treatments to create 6 feeding and grazing systems utilizing Nebraska sandhills range and subirrigated meadow forage. Systems were evaluated with multiparous crossbred beef cows over 4 yr. Systems were: grazing range during winter; grazing subirrigated meadow during winter; and full feed of meadow hay during winter; in combination with either: full feed of meadow hay during winter; in combination with either: full feed of subirrigated meadow hay during May, or grazing subirrigated meadow during May. From June through November all cows grazed range. The feeding and grazing systems were compared with selected linear contrasts and evaluated with respect to variable input prices. When opportunity costs were included in the analysis, the most profitable system involved grazing subirrigated meadow during winter and during May. Grazing subirrigated meadow during May enhanced the profitability of all wintering systems. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)258-263
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Range Management
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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