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This section covers information pertaining to cattle feed and livestock feeding. Nutrition is an important area in livestock production. Ranches today keep a close eye on feed and nutrition. Try keyword searches like by-products, commodities, or total digestible nutrients, and you find scores of helpful articles.

Balancing Mineral Needs

published: April 11th 2016 by: Travis Meteer source: University of Illinois Extension

Have you ever watched a person walk a tight rope? The balance and precision that it takes to make it from one side to the other is incredible. Focus and attention must be combined with talent and practice....

The Energy Value of Distillers is Greater Than Corn in Forage Based Diets

published: March 17th 2016 by: Mary Drewnoski, UNL Beef Systems Special source: University of Nebraska

Distillers grains is greater in protein than corn but it is also greater in energy. When evaluating the cost of supplements for beef cows or calves, producers should be comparing the cost on a per lb of nutrient needed....

Understanding nutrient requirements of beef cows

published: January 29th 2016 by: Igrow

Understanding the nu-trient requirements of beef cows is essential to ensuring that requirements are being met and cow performance is optimized while utilizing available feeds in a cost-effective manner....

Feed Needs During Cold Weather

published: December 30th 2015 source: Oklahoma Farm Report

The major effect of cold on nutrient requirement of cows is increased need for energy. To determine magnitude of cold, lower critical temperature for beef cows must first be estimated. For cows with a dry winter hair coat the lower critical temperature is considered to be 32 degrees F....

Test Your Hay

published: October 14th 2015 by: Chelsea Clodfelder source: Purdue University Extension

A Purdue University veterinarian urges cattlemen to test their hay before relying on it as the sole ration for their cattle this year because a very wet spring delayed some harvests. Mature hay has less energy than hay cut at earlier maturity and is not likely to adequately support a cow's nutritional needs during winter, said W....

AgriLife Extension forage sorghum hybrid trial has special purpose

published: October 2nd 2015 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas A&M University Extension

AMARILLO – More than 100 forage sorghum hybrids from 13 commercial companies across the U.S. growing in a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service production trial have a unique role to play, according to an AgriLife Extension specialist....

Corn Planting Off To Slow Start

published: April 14th 2015 source: National Corn Growers Association

Corn planting is off to a slow start again in 2015 according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With only two percent of total corn acres planted by April 12, progress lags behind the five-year average for this point by three percentage points and one percentage point behind of where it sat at this time in 2014....

New Corn Coproducts Fact Sheet Series Available

published: January 12th 2015 source: Iowa State University

AMES, Iowa -- In an effort to extract more value from the corn kernel, new technological advances in the ethanol-making process have resulted in coproduct feedstuffs that are compositionally different from those produced through earlier, more traditional methods....

Winter Mineral Nutrition For Beef Cows

published: December 30th 2014 by: Adele Harty source: IGrow

Winter supplementation often focuses heavily on meeting protein and energy requirements of cows and tends to leave mineral nutrition as almost an afterthought. In reality, meeting all nutrient requirements, including energy, protein, minerals, vitamins, and water are equally important....

Corn Harvest Quality Report Indicates Good Quality For Record Crop

published: December 17th 2014 source: U.S. Grains Council

The overall quality of the United States’ 2014 corn crop was good, with 88 percent of samples rating at grade No. 2 or better, according to the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC) 2014/2015 Corn Harvest Quality Report....

Challenges Feeding Weather-Damaged Hay

published: December 15th 2014 by: Bruce A. Anderson source: University of Nebraska Extension

Damaged, rained-on hay. Nearly everyone has to feed it sometime. How should your feeding practices be adjusted, though, to account for any damage caused by the rain? Rain can have numerous effects on hay....

Proper Cow Nutrition Now Saves Headaches Later

published: November 19th 2014 by: Kris Ringwald source: North Dakota Extension

Cattle roundups have occurred at an elevated pace this past week. A cherished goal is extra days of grazing, but weather trumps almost everything. The many forgotten little things are the real driving forces determining when the cattle need to come home....

Corn Stalks Can Be Inexpensive Feed

published: November 10th 2014 by: Tracy Turner source: The Ohio State University Extension

WOOSTER, Ohio - Livestock producers looking for a relatively easy and inexpensive feed source can turn to harvested cornfields for the answer. The residue left on the field after harvesting corn can be used to meet the nutrient needs of ruminant livestock in early to mid-gestation, according to a forage expert from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences....

Lower Prices, Could Mean Less Corn Planted In 2015

published: November 3rd 2014 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas Agrilife Today

Recent lower prices in corn could translate into fewer planted acres in 2015, potentially putting pressure on bids for beef cattle next year, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist....

Figuring Feed Costs

published: October 27th 2014 by: Aaron Berger source: University of Nebraska

Feed cost account for approximately 40-70% of the annual cow costs involved in producing a weaned calf. Purchased and supplemental feed can be a significant portion of feed costs for the cow herd. When comparing possible feed options for purchase, compare feeds on a price per unit of total digestible nutrients, which is energy, and a price per unit of crude protein....

Stocker Gains More Than 2.5 Pounds Per Head Per Day Realized

published: October 13th 2014 by: Robert Burns source: Texas Agrilife Today

OVERTON – As cattle prices continue to soar, breaking all previous records, some might wonder why anyone would take animals off winter pasture at 800 to 850 pounds in mid to late May, and continue them on pasture instead of moving them directly into a feedlot or to the sale barn....

Feed Supply And Demand Numbers

published: August 29th 2014 by: Matthew A. Diersen source: South Dakota State University

In recent weeks people in different livestock sectors have been wondering about the relative price impacts of corn and other feeds. Other people have asked about the longer-run price outlook for feed and for cattle....

NMSU Develops New Food Supplement To Help Digestive System In Cattle

published: August 7th 2014 by: Jane Moorman source: New Mexico State University

LAS CRUCES, N.M.-- During drought, having cattle that can tolerate poor nutritional forage is the difference between a cow and calf operation going under, or staying in business. Pregnant cows have a harder time during drought because they are eating for two....

Flaxseed Oil May Have Large Impact On Cattle Health

published: June 16th 2014 by: David Bowser source:

Flaxseed oil in beginning rations appears to benefit the health of cattle on feed and improve the quality grade of their beef. There doesn't appear to be any detrimental impact on the flavor of the beef....

Evaluation Of Creep Feeding

published: June 6th 2014 source: Arkansas University Extension

This time of year, cattle producers begin to ask 'Should I creep feed my calves?'. The answer isn't as simple as yes or no. There must be a definitive purpose for creep feeding and purposes may include: •Increase weaning weight of purebred bulls and heifers •Increase growth and maturity in replacement females •Increase weaning weight of commercial market calves (steers and heifers) •Take nursing pressure off the cow •My neighbor creep feeds While some of these bullets are justifiable, others are erroneous and some have the potential to be detrimental to both production and the pocketbook....

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