Urea recycling in beef cattle fed prairie hay- based diets

Citation data:

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports, Issue: 1, Page: 78-81

Publication Year:
2010
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Repository URL:
http://newprairiepress.org/kaesrr/vol0/iss1/1491
DOI:
10.4148/2378-5977.2894
Author(s):
Bailey, E.A.; Brake, D.W.; Anderson, David E.; Jones, M.L.; Titgemeyer, Evan C.; Olson, K. C.
Publisher(s):
New Prairie Press; Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service
Tags:
Cattlemen's Day; 2010; Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station contribution; no. 10-170-S; Report of progress (Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service); 1029; Beef Cattle Research; 2010 is known as Cattlemen's Day; 2010; Beef; Prairie hay; Protein; Performance; Animal Sciences; Other Animal Sciences
article description
Maximizing utilization of native rangeland is an important aspect of the cow/calf phase of beef production. Native rangeland is often of poor quality (less than 7% crude protein). Protein content of the rangeland is important because nitrogen is a key growth factor used by ruminal microbes. Without adequate nitrogen, the ruminal ecosystem will not operate at peak efficiency, which subsequently reduces the supply of nutrients to the animal. Historically, producers have provided supplemental nutrients to their cattle to achieve maximum performance. Both supplemental protein and energy have been provided to cattle consuming low-quality forage with varying levels of success. Typically, supplemental energy without adequate protein reduces fiber digestion by cattle. On the other hand, supplemental protein consistently improves overall performance.