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Greater Profit from Livestock in the Intermountain West with Efficient Ranch ManagementLivestock producers are in serious economic difficulty because forage and livestock management have changed very little over the years. If ranchers are to meet the challenge of the cost-price squeeze, they must integrate improved livestock management with more efficient use of their range and meadows. This consists of increasing the quality and quantity of forage to give larger rate of gain on more calves over a longer period of time. It is possible to achieve a severalfold increase in meat production per unit of land and livestock resources.
Supplemental Protein Levels for Calves and Yearlings Grazing on Winter Bluestem PastureOne lb/head daily of soybean oil meal pellets was adequate supplemental protein for yearling steers grazing winter bluestem pasture when followed by summer grazing that permitted the steers to compensate for low winter gains. Calves responded to additional supplemental feed, energy or protein with efficient gains.