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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.

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: 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....

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