Comparison of Semi-confined and Pasture-based August Calving Beef Cow System

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2019: $199,642.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2023
Grant Recipient: University of Nebraska Lincoln
Region: North Central
State: Nebraska
Project Coordinator:
Dr. Mary Drewnoski
University of Nebraska Lincoln
2023 Nebraska Beef Report article summarizing research results comparing fall calving cow systems.The study compared cow and calf performance in two August-calving cow systems that combined corn residue grazing with 1) perennial forage grazing and hay or 2) summer drylot feeding and fall cover crop grazing. Differences in pregnancy rates between systems within year were not observed; however, the effect of production system on cow body condition and calf body weight at different time points varied across years. Overall, cow and calf performance were not negatively impacted in the drylot/cropland system, suggesting that it is a potential alternative to a perennial forage-based system.
Hannah Speer, UNL
Harvey Freetly, USMARC
Mary Drewnoski, UNL
Target audiences:
Farmers/Ranchers; Educators; Researchers
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.