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Summer Dry Lot Feeding of Cow-Calf Pairs – A Producer’s Perspective


Photo courtesy of Dr. Karla Jenkins.

The University of Nebraska has conducted several years of cow-calf research examining and comparing the potential for different production systems in Nebraska.  Recent research has examined feeding cows and cow-calf pairs in a dry lot during a portion of the year as an alternative to grazing grass pasture.

In this month’s BeefWatch Producer Perspective Podcast, Steve and Jordan Stroup who are part of a diversified farming, feeding and cow-calf operation near Benkelman, share how they are utilizing summer dry lot feeding of spring calving cows-calf pairs as a replacement for summer pasture. Topics discussed in the interview include:

  • History of the Stroup operation.
  • Transition from grazing pasture to feeding through the summer in a dry lot.
  • Current management practices for cow-calf pairs in a dry lot.
  • How summer dry lot feeding complements existing resources.

The BeefWatch podcast is the audio companion to the monthly BeefWatch newsletter and also features bonus interviews such as the Producer Perspective.

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