Department of Animal Husbandry
In the 22 West River counties of South Dakota, there are approximately 22 million acres in farms and ranches. About 80 percent of this is in grass. Beef cows utilize a large portion of this, and if the grass is to be use economically, many of these cows must be wintered in the area. In recent years, more than 400,000 beef cows have been wintered annually on western South Dakota ranges. This research was conducted in order to learn more effective feeding and management practices for wintering these cows. The findings will also apply in part to the semi-range area east of the Missouri River.
wintering beef cattle on South Dakota ranges, overwintering beef cattle, cottonwood range field station research
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts
Johnson, L. E.; Moxon, A. L.; and Smith, R. L., "Wintering Beef Cows on South Dakota Ranges" (1952). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 419.