Research observation: Influence of over-wintering feed regimen on consumption of locoweed by steers

M. H. Ralphs, D. Graham, M. L. Galyean, L. F. James

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Abstract

Many producers believe cattle grazing wheat pasture during the winter are likely to graze actively growing locoweed when turned onto short-grass prairie in the spring. White locoweed (Oxytropis sericea Nutt, ex T and G) consumption was compared in a spring grazing study between steers wintered on irrigated 'TAM 105' wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) pasture (Wheat) and steers wintered on native range (Range). Range steels consumed locoweed for 43% of bites compared to 17% for the Wheat steers, and began eating locoweed before steers in the Wheat group. We rejected the hypothesis that steers wintered on wheat are more inclined to graze locoweed than steers wintered on native range.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-252
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Range Management
Volume50
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1997

Keywords

  • Oxytropis sericea
  • beef cattle
  • grazing
  • poisonous plant

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