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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.

Winter ration considerations for beef cows

published: December 13th 2016 by: Travis Meteer source: University of Illinois

  Feed costs represent over half the total cost in a cow-calf production system. The majority of feed costs are from feeding cows during the winter season when most grasses are dormant. As a result of this, producers can greatly impact the profitability by managing winter feed costs....

Selecting supplemental feeds

published: November 7th 2016 by: Dr. Jason Smith Assistant Professor, UT source: University of Tennessee

As we start to feel that familiar bite of the late fall air, and many of our forages go dormant for the year, it shouldn’t come as a shock that the economic burden of winter-time feed costs will soon be knocking on our door....

Combination food plots can attract deer year-round

published: September 16th 2016 by: Adam Russell

By Adam Russell OVERTON – It’s time to plant food plots for white-tailed deer as hunting season approaches, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension wild-life specialist, Overton, has a food plot combination proven to attract whitetails and keep them hooked through the hunting season and beyond....

Tool available for calculating nutrient value

published: July 21st 2016 source: BioZyme

A critical component in maximizing the profitability of any beef feeding program is being able to identify feeds that provide the required nutrients at a good price. BioZyme® Inc., experts in all-natural livestock nutrition, has created a free online tool for cattle producers that estimates feed values based on feedstuff nutrient content and current market prices....

Consideration of Fat and Protein in Alternative Feeds

published: July 20th 2016 by: Tara Felix source: University of Pennsylvania Extension

    Cattle are tremendous creatures that can handle many feeds that non-ruminant animals, pigs and chickens, for example, cannot eat. Thus, beef cattle producers are uniquely positioned to use new and changing feed ingredients....

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....

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