feedlot, feeding, frequency, feeding schedule
The impact of morning (0730), evening (1 600), and twice daily (0730/1600) feeding on feedlot performance was evaluated in yearling steers fed high grain diets. Exp. 1 was conducted from July 20 to October 12, 1993. The 92% concentrate diets were based on dry whole shelled corn. There were four pen replicates per treatment. Exp. 2 was conducted from January 6 to May 10, 1994. The 93% concentrate diets were based on a 50/50 blend of dry whole shelled corn and high moisture corn. There were six pen replicates per treatment. In Exp. 1 evening feeding increased (P<.06) average daily gain and improved (P< .06) feed/gain over morning feeding. The most pronounced effects were during the initial 28 days of the 84-day experiment. Performance of steers fed twice daily was intermediate to evening and morning treatments. Twice daily feeding improved performance over morning feeding (average daily gain, P<.10; feed/gain P<.01). Most of this response occurred during the final 28 days of the experiment. During Exp. 2 there were treatment effects on interim period performance but no responses (P>.10) occurred for cumulative performance variables.
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Knutsen, J. S.; Vetos, J. J.; and Pritchard, R. H., "Effect of Morning, Evening or Twice Daily Feeding on Yearling Steer Performance" (1994). South Dakota Beef Report, 1994. 15.