Department of Animal Husbandry
Many feeders are following the practice of fattening beef cattle on pasture. To aid the producer in planning his feeding program, research was conducted on various methods of using the feeds available on most South Dakota farms. Other experiment stations have shown the worth of limited winter feeding, followed by using maximum amounts of grass, in the production of fat yearlings. The present study is a report on the suitability of this method under South Dakota conditions and with locally grown feeds.
Research was planned to study: (1) the efficiency of various South Dakota roughages in rations for wintering beef calves, and (2) the practicability and economy of fattening these calves on grass as yearlings.
Feeding trials were designed to measure the beef producing capacity, on a per acre basis, of two types of pasture common in South Dakota. This information should be beneficial in planning a pasture and crop rotation system which will result in greater over-all farm production for this area.
The experiment divided itself naturally into two parts, a winter phase and a summer phase, which will be discussed separately.
fattening yearling beef cattle on pasture, finishing beef cattle on pasture
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts
McCone, W. C., "Fattening Yearling Beef Cattle on Pasture" (1951). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 407.