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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.

Are corn prices headed up?

published: July 18th 2019 by: John Kruse source: University of Missouri Extension

The outlook for corn prices is more positive because corn is likely to experience a significant downward supply shock. Not only will planted area be reduced, but the yields will also likely be significantly lower....

Feeding moldy hay presents problems

published: June 26th 2019 source: Oklahoma State Extension

With the abundance of rain Oklahoma has received over the last several weeks, farmers and ranchers around the state are likely dealing with moldy hay and spoiled feed. Moldy or spoiled feed can present a health risk for a multitude of species, said Kris Hiney, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension equine specialist....

Mineral supplementation: the benefits you may not see

published: April 19th 2019 by: Caitlin Hebbert source: Noble Research Institute

It’s no secret that good nutritional management is one of the most vital contributions to a profitable herd. Within the realm of cattle nutrition, protein and energy tend to receive the most hype due to their direct relationships to growth performance and overall body condition....

Consider creep feeding

published: March 26th 2019 by: Grady Ruble source: Igrow

Despite what Mother Nature seems to think the summer months are approaching and for some that means rolling out the creep feeder and for others considering whether creep feeding is a necessary investment....

Corn tar spot could have ridden in on ‘bomb cyclone’

published: March 20th 2019 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

  AMARILLO – A new disease affecting corn might have blown in on the recent “bomb cyclone,” and a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist said producers should be aware of what might make its way to their fields later this year....

Continued strong grain demand expected for 2019

published: February 12th 2019 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas AgriLife Today

WACO – Growing demand in developing markets will help fuel optimism for Texas grain producers this growing season, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Dr. Jason Johnson, AgriLife Extension economist at Stephenville, told producers at the recent Blackland Income Growth Conference that world demand for grain products has been steadily growing....

Developing a year-round mineral program

published: January 16th 2019 source: Vita Ferm

  (SAINT JOSEPH, Mo., Jan. 8, 2019) Many producers take for granted the importance of a well thought out mineral program. The purpose of developing a yearly mineral supplementation program is to help balance the macro and micro mineral requirements of cattle to keep them healthy and maintain optimal performance....

Breaking down winter supplements

published: November 13th 2018 by: Adele Harty and Janna Kincheloe source: Igrow

  Each fall, winter cow feeding and supplementation questions roll in. Oftentimes the questions pertain to determining the most economical option that meets cow nutrient requirements. With the multitude of products and options available, this can be a daunting task....

AgriLife Research study: Fumonisin not detrimental to beef cattle diets

published: November 8th 2018 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

  AMARILLO – Increasing levels of dietary fumonisin do not adversely affect feedlot cattle performance, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist in Amarillo. Steers fed during the Texas A&M AgriLife Research study by Dr....

The Real Cost of Limiting Nutrients

published: October 4th 2018 by: Dr. Les Anderson source: Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

  October32018Fall is rapidly approaching and all cow-calf producers need to access the body condition score (BCS) of their herd. Spring-calving cows are nearing weaning time and the fall is the most economical time to put weight back on....

Study looks at cow’s adaptability to drought, heat stress

published: August 2nd 2018 source: K State Extension

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University researchers say they are making steady progress on a study that will help define how water intake relates to a cow’s ability to adapt to drought or heat stress....

Livestock Water is Essential, Even in Winter

published: February 9th 2018 by: Ted Wiseman source: OSU Extension

Water is essential for all livestock regardless of the time of year. So far this year we have certainly had our share of chopping ice, thawing water lines and troughs. With recent temperatures many of us often focus on keeping livestock well fed and with adequate shelter....

Plan to feed your hay efficiently

published: September 29th 2017 source: Arkansas University Extension

Feeding hay without the protection of feeders can result in 20% or greater hay waste. This can increase the cost of hay consumed by more than $30 per cow over winter. Consider using a bale feeder that has a metal sheet around the bottom or a feeder that cradles the hay in the center of the feeder to minimize waste....

Fresh grocery produce as a supplement for livestock feed

published: May 24th 2017 by: – V. Fellner, J.M. Rice and M. Boersig source: The Professional Animal Scientist

The fact that almost a third of the annual food produced in the United States is not consumed by humans has drawn wide attention in recent years. Typically, 97% of wasted food is disposed in landfills....

Hay producers should consider quality over quantity

published: April 7th 2017 by: Adam Russell

OVERTON – Produc-ing quality hay takes planning but can be worth the effort, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Dr. Jason Banta, Agri Life Extension beef cattle specialist, Overton, said producing high quality hay can eliminate the need for protein and energy supplementation for beef cattle during the winter....

Mineral supplementation review

published: March 9th 2017 by: Dr. Jason Smith Assistant Professor, UT source: University of Tennessee Beef Cattle Extension

With much needed moisture in the ground (at least relatively speaking), and unseasonably warm temperatures across much of Tennessee over the past few weeks, the spring green-up has begun earlier than in years prior....

The breeding bull: Your herd’s ultimate athlete

published: February 13th 2017 source: Purina Animal Nutrtiion

  Shoreview, Minn. [February 7, 2017] – LeBron James. Tom Brady. Usain Bolt. These names bring with them a certain performance standard. Each season, fans expect these athletes to be in top form, to perform and to achieve results no one else is capable of....

Size matters when it comes to feeding forages

published: January 27th 2017 by: Kay Ledbetter

Just how much forage does a ruminant need if a ruminant does need forage? Dr. Jenny Jennings, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research beef nutritionist in Amarillo, and her team are on their second research trial aimed at determining forage needs for proper rumination in beef cattle consuming high concentrate diets....

Five myths surrounding the Veterinary Feed Directive

published: January 27th 2017 by: Leilana McKindra source: Oklahoma State University Extension

STILLWATER, Okla. – While it is true change can be a good thing, it rarely occurs without a learning curve. Not surprisingly, then, that is the case with the Veterinary Feed Di-rective (VFD) after the U....

Nutritional Management of Spring-Calving Cows Should be a Priority this Winter

published: January 20th 2017 by: Dr. Jason Smith Assistant Professor, UT source: University of Tennessee Beef Cattle Extension

  With the recent drought conditions across much of the Southeast, hay and other forage resources will likely be in short supply this winter.  With the added frustration of current feeder cattle prices, many of us may consider cutting corners on our winter feeding program....

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