Summer Diets of Steers on a Deep Hardland Range Site of the Texas High Plains
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CitationMcClung, J. E., Albin, R. C., & Schuster, J. L. (1976). Summer diets of steers on a deep hardland range site of the Texas High Plains. Journal of Range Management, 29(5), 387-389.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractBotanical and chemical compositions of the summer diets of esophageal-fistulated steers were determined on a deep hardland shortgrass range site of the Texas High Plains. Consumption of belvedere summercypress was highest in June, but decreased to September; whereas, consumption of blue grama, buffalograss, and sand dropseed increased during this period. Belvedere summercypress was eaten in considerable quantities until it approached dormancy. Dietary crude protein and calcium percentages were highest in June, but declined to September. Daily forage consumption averaged 10.9 kg during June and July. A forage utilization of 17.4% was obtained during the summer grazing period and the steers gained an average of .45 kg/day.