Systems of Feeding

  • John K. Matsushima
Part of the Advanced Series in Agricultural Sciences book series (AGRICULTURAL, volume 7)


Cattle are noted for their ability to utilize fibrous feeds and subsist on feeds of relatively poor quality. However, in order to maximize efficient use of harvested crops, byproducts, and feeds that may have low salvage value, it may be necessary to feed cattle under confined conditions, sometimes referred to as drylot. In other situations when inclement weather conditions and a scarcity of range forage conditions prevail supplemental feeding may be necessary. Also, when a surplus or large quantities of grain are available, the cattle may be finished for slaughter to meet the market demands for tender, tasty and juicy steaks and other delicious cuts of meat. The latter system is commonly referred to as fattening cattle in the feedlot.


Beef Cattle Cottonseed Meal Dicalcium Phosphate Corn Silage Feeder Cattle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John K. Matsushima
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  1. 1.Department of Animal SciencesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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