corn stalks, grazing season, beef cattle production, feeding alternatives
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
It has been known for years that one of the largest expenses in a beef cattle production system is feed, more specifically, winter feed. Consequently, a great deal of research has focused on ways—shifting the production system to better fit the forage resource base, feeding cheaper alternative feeds and forages, extending the grazing season—to reduce winter feed cost. In the upper Midwest with its short growing season for grasses and significant amount of snowfall received in a typical year, crop residue is the most cost-effective method to extend grazing. Extending the grazing season without adding additional forage acres or substantial cost offers beef cattle production systems a competitive advantage.
Wright, Cody and Tjardes, Kent, "Grazing Corn Stalks" (2004). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 67.