Comparison of Beef Cattle Performance and Forage Characteristics for Alfalfa or Tall Fescue-Red Clover in a Rotational Grazing System

S. E. Myers, Dan B Faulkner, D. D. Buskirk, J. W. Castree, D. F. Parrett

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Cow-calf performance and diet composition were compared between established alfalfa and tall fescue-red clover pastures in a rotational grazing system. Eighty cow-calf pairs were randomly allotted to the two dietary mixtures with three replications. Each of the six pastures was subdivided using a six-paddock rotation so that the paddocks were grazed for 6 d and rested for 30 d throughout the 121-trial. Put-and-take animals were used to evaluate stocking rate. One ruminally fistulated cow was used in each of the six pastures to determine composition of grazed forage from reticulorumen evacuation at the beginning and end of grazing in paddock 1 (on d 0, 6, 36, 42, 72, 78, 108 and 114). Both treatments sustained similar stocking rates. Cow gain and body condition score change were not different due to treatments (P>0.10). However, weight gains of calves grazing alfalfa were 11.5% higher (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-123
Number of pages6
JournalProfessional Animal Scientist
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Beef cattle
  • Forage characteristics
  • Forage quality
  • Rotational grazing

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  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Food Science

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Comparison of Beef Cattle Performance and Forage Characteristics for Alfalfa or Tall Fescue-Red Clover in a Rotational Grazing System. / Myers, S. E.; Faulkner, Dan B; Buskirk, D. D.; Castree, J. W.; Parrett, D. F.

In: Professional Animal Scientist, Vol. 12, No. 2, 01.06.1996, p. 118-123.

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