Whole and rolled oats were compared in finishing ratiosn for steets. On basis of feedlot performance calculated from carcass weight and 60% yield, steers fed rolled oats gained faster (10.5%) and more efficiently (11.6%) than those fed whole oats. Carcass characteristics measured favored steers fed rolled oats and having slightly heavier carcasses.
The oat rations did not compare favorably with normally expected performance from high-concentrate rations with corn as the major grain. Other research is needed to properly evaluate oats as a major feed grain in cattle finishing rations.
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Department of Animal Science, Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Vaderwert, W.; Embry, L. B.; and Luther, R. M., "Whole or Rolled Oats for Finishing Cattle" (1980). South Dakota Cattle Feeders Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1980. 8.