Fact Sheet written by:
V.L. Anderson, Animal Scientist Carrington Research Extension Center North Dakota State University
S.L. Boyles, Beef Extension Specialist The Ohio State University
and provided by:
North Dakota State University www.ag.ndsu.edu
The drylot beef cow/calf enterprise is an alternative management system to traditional pasture or range beef production. Strictly defi ned, it is feeding confi ned cow/calf pairs in a feedlot environment during part or all of the traditional summer or fallwinter grazing season. In a practical sense, it means feeding confi ned cows and calves forages, crop residues and grains that may have more value marketed through cattle than as a cash crop. Many cattlemen manage their cows in drylot during the winter and after calving until pastures are ready.
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