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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Steer performance on eastern gamagrass pastures
Year: 1994
Author(s): Aiken, G.E., Springer, T.L.
Source Title: Proceedings of the Forage and Grassland Conference
Source Type: Proceedings
pages: 211
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Abstract: There is interest in easter gamagrass (Tripsacum dactyloides) as a forage, but information is lacking on its potential as a grazed forage. A grazing study was designed with eastern gamagrass to study the effect of stocking rate (1.2, 2.0, and 3.0 steers/acre) on animal performance and days of grazing provided before reaching a pasture height of 12 to 15 inches. Average daily gain at 84 days of grazing was similar among stocking rates even though there was a linear decrease in herbage mass as stocking rate increased. There also was a strong linear increase in gain per acre as stocking rate incresed. Days of grazing decreased as stocking rate increased; however, the greater number days of grazing for the lighter rate did not correspond with any substantial increases in gain per acre. Results of the study indicate that eastern gamagrass is capable of producing high steer gains per acre over a relatively short period of time.
Publisher: American Forage and Grassland Council, Georgetown, Texas