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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.

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: yourcattle.com

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....

FDA Backs Off On Proposed Rules Concerning Brewers

published: April 25th 2014 by: M.L. Johnson source: Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it will revise proposed livestock feed rules after hearing objections about the potential cost from brewers who sell grain leftover from making beer to ranchers and dairy farmers....

Vets To Prescribe Antibiotics In Feed

published: March 19th 2014 source: Colorado State University News Roome

Two Colorado State University veterinarians, Paul Morley and Josie Traub-Dargatz, are among eight nationwide who penned a policy paper giving guidance on use of antibiotics for livestock, and they can offer an inside line on the hot issue of antibiotics in livestock feed....

Growing Replacement Females By Interval Feeding Of Supplements

published: January 22nd 2014 by: Glenn Selk source: Oklahoma State University Extension

Interval feeding of supplements has been shown to be an efficient method of feeding supplements to adult beef cows. Less is known about the use of “every other day feeding” for growing weaned replacement heifers....

Rules Of Thumb For Winter Feeding

published: November 12th 2013 by: James B. Neel source: University of Tennessee

“Rules of thumb” can be helpful in planning winter feeding programs for cow-calf herds. Following are a few that might be useful. How much hay does a cow need each day?  Mature beef cows with an average body condition score (BCS of 5) should eat about 25-30 pounds of average quality, dry hay or its equivalent per day to get her required energy needs....

Bale feeder choice can reduce waste and save money

published: November 1st 2013

By Steve Tonn, University of Nebraska Extension Educator Washington County Winter feeding time is just about here, but now might be the time to think about how you can reduce hay feeding losses and input costs....

Supply And Demand Factors Pressure Corn Prices

published: October 15th 2013 source: KTIC

Corn prices have declined to the lowest level since late August 2010. University of Illinois Ag Economist Darrel Good says this price weakness reflects supply and demand considerations. On the supply side, he says ongoing reports of yields that exceed expectations in many areas suggest the next USDA forecast of the U....

Forecast For Corn Yields Raised

published: September 19th 2013 source: National Corn Growers Association

U.S. farmers remain on track to produce a record corn crop if forecasts hold, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates released today. The projected harvest raised to 13.8 billion bushels as the second survey-based yield forecast rose to 155....

Bale feeder choice can reduce hay waste, save dollars

published: September 16th 2013 source: Oklahoma State University Extension

STILLWATER, Oklahoma – The historic 2011 drought aside, cattle producers cannot afford to waste a valuable resource like hay in even the best years. “Management of input costs is a key business concern and can mean the difference between operational profit or loss, and when it comes to hay waste, using the right type of bale feeder can make a significant cost-savings difference,” said Dave Lalman, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension beef cattle specialist....

A Perspective On Beta-Agonists

published: August 13th 2013 by: Richard Raymond, M.D., former Undersecre source: Facts About Beef

This is a topic of discussion within the beef industry. The following article does not represent the opinion of the Beef Checkoff or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With beta-agonists being in the news lately, I find myself frequently being asked questions about these animal feed ingredients and why they’re used in raising some livestock today....

The Animal Nutrition Industry Is Heating Up

published: June 7th 2013 source: MondayMorning.com

It's a bold claim but the worldwide food trends back it up. In fact, last week's proposed purchase of Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer, by Shanghai International highlights the booming market for meat products in emerging markets around the world....

Production Calculations Related To Beef Cow Nutrition

published: May 29th 2013 by: Rick Rasby source: University of Nebraska

Calving distribution, the number of cows calving in 21-day periods during the calving season, is impacted by the nutrition program and therefore body condition at calving, especially for spring-calving cows....

Creep Feeding Considerations

published: May 13th 2013 by: Janna Kincheloe source: IGrow, South Dakota Extension

Calf growth rate and weaning weight are important benchmarks in determining performance and profitability of cow/calf enterprises. Weaning weight is dependent on a variety of factors, including calf health, genetic potential, milk production of the dam, and age at weaning....

Feed Efficiency In Cattle Key To Future

published: April 5th 2013 source: Noble Foundation

ARDMORE, Oklahoma — For generations, agricultural producers have continued to produce more food with fewer resources. Unfortunately, their greatest test is yet to come. In October 2011, the world's population topped 7 billion for the first time in recorded history, and estimates have total population numbers breaching the 9....

Corn Market Tumbles

published: April 3rd 2013 source: KTIC

Higher grain stocks and lower than expected demand has sent the commodity market tumbling. The latest grain stocks report overshadowed the planting intentions report that came out from the U.S. Department of Agriculture last Thursday....

Feeding Sawdust To Cattle

published: February 26th 2013 by: Orian Love source: The Gazette

While it’s not quite spinning straw into gold, Bob Batey is converting sawdust from his lumber mill into nutritious and palatable feed for his cattle. When Batey fills his feed bunks with the 70 percent sawdust ration, his cows eat it like candy, plunging their faces into it and licking their lips....

Cows Need Adequate Nutrition In Late Winter/Early Spring

published: February 22nd 2013 by: Emily Adams source: Coshocton Tribune

The late winter to early spring timeframe is an important time to provide adequate nutrition for cows that will be calving. This also can be a challenging time of year to feed cattle when profitability is a goal for your operation....

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