Incorporating corn into beef cow rations can save forage

Poor forage production in drought areas across South Dakota has created forage shortages for some producers. Producers are looking for alternative feeding strategies to get through the summer and upcoming winter months. Research shows that a variety of feedstuffs can be utilized to meet the cows’ nutrient requirements with similar performance to a forage-based diet. Current corn prices of $3.20 per bushel are competitive for beef cow diets. Corn or corn-based by-products can be used to substitute for forages and save on daily feed costs.

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