Effects of mud-wind-rain on beef cattle performance in feed lot
AuthorsS. R. Morrison
R. L. Givens
W. N. Garrett
T. E. Bond
Authors AffiliationsS. R. Morrison is Associate Professor of Agricultural Engineering, University of California, Davis; R. L. Givens is Agricultural Engineer, AERD, ARS, USDA, Davis, California; W. N. Garrett is Professor of Animal Science, University of California, Davis; T. E. Bond is Investigations Leader, AERD, ARS, USDA, Davis, California.
Hilgardia 24(8):6-7. DOI:10.3733/ca.v024n08p6. August 1970.
Under mild winter conditions in California's Central Valley (mean temperature about 50°F) moderate amounts of artificial wind had no effect on beef cattle performance. Artificial rainfall reduced performance somewhat, depending on the amount of “rain.” Muddy pens seriously affected production, reducing the rate of gain by about 35 per cent and increasing the amount of feed required per lb of gain by about 25 per cent.
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