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Early Spring Grazing - 1960

Crested wheatgrass has been compared with crested wheatgrass and alfalfa mixed pastures for yearling steers on the same pastures for six years. In the last two years, nitrogen fertilizer has been applied to one crested wheatgrass pasture.

The complete report, including forage yield and consumption is given by Dr. Whitman in the Grass and Legume section of this report. A summary of animal gains is reported here in Table 12- A.

Table 12-A - Steer Gains on Early Spring Grazing of 8-Acre Pastures
  Year No. Hd. Date in Wt. in Date off Wt. off Daily Gain Gain Per Acre
Crested Wht-grass 1955 7 May 4 494 July 5 568 1.44 64
Crested Wht-grass 1956 6 May 17 520 June 30 601 1.79 60
Crested Wht-grass 1957 6 May 4 478 July 3 622 2.44 108
Crested Wht-grass 1958 6 April 29 553 June 30 680 2.02 95
Crested Wht-grass + N 1959 6 May 8 528 June 29 661 2.50 99
Crested Wht-grass 1959 6 May 8 529 June 29 671 2.67 106
Crested Wht-grass + N 1960 8 May 2 521 June 29 686 2.27 166
Crested Wht-grass 1960 6 May 2 523 June 29 658 1.86 102
 
6-Yr. Av. Without N.   6   516   633 2.03 89
2-Yr. Av. With N.   7   525   674 2.38 133
 
Crested & Alfalfa 1955 7 May 4 494 July 5 600 2.07 92
Crested & Alfalfa 1956 8 May 17 520 June 30 616 2.14 96
Crested & Alfalfa 1957 9 May 4 498 July 3 639 2.36 158
Crested & Alfalfa 1958 8 April 29 550 June 30 683 2.11 133
Crested & Alfalfa 1959 8 May 8 523 June 29 636 2.13 113
Crested & Alfalfa 1960 8 May 2 521 July 14 658 1.88 138
 
6-Year Average   8   518   639 2.12 122

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