Comparison of Stocker Gains from Grazing Different Forages

Published Jan 14, 2011


Thirty-nine stocker cattle were weighed before and after three different grazing periods from July 18, 2009 to October 17, 2009, to compare the rate of gain on the different forages being grazed. Three different forages were compared: 1. green-leaf corn; 2. red clover and grass mix, sorghum sudangrass and soybeans; and 3. alfalfa-grass mix. There were significant differences between the animals’ average daily gains between treatments, in the following order: corn (2.6 lbs./day) > alfalfa-grass (2.2 lbs./day) > mixed forages (0.83 lbs./day).