Animal and plant responses for steers grazing switchgrass and big bluestem pastures

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1997
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George, J. Ronald
Buxton, Dwayne
Barnhart, Stephen
Moore, Kenneth
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Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
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Native warm-season grasses can provide large amounts of high-quality forage during the midsummer months. Maximum potential benefits depend on management of the entire cool-and warm-season grazing system. This study compared two grazing systems for the warm-season pasture component. Fall-born steers grazed pastures of 'Cave-in-Rock' switchgrass or 'Roundtree' big bluestem over three years using either continuous or rotational grazing systems. Pasture carrying time for switchgrass and bluestem pastures and steer weight gain were considerably higher for the rotational grazing program than for the continuous grazing regimen.

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