Beef Cattle

Derecho Damaged Corn

The Derecho damaged an estimated 40 million acres of farm landing, laying fields of corn bent and broken, if not completely flat. This article investigates designing and using cattle grazing programs to harvest severely damage corn where it is not practical or possible to harvest it mechanically.

Kent Performance Primer

When stress happens it often impacts livestock in more than one way, such as feed intake, maintenance requirements, and even health status. Learn how Kent Performance Primer has proved successful in dealing with physiological, environmental, and psychological stressors.

The NutriVantage® / Optaflexx® Advantage

After observing the positive effects of NutriVantage on overall feedlot performance we were interested to see if there were additional benefits to combining it with Optaflexx, a product known to increase product leanness and enhanced rate of gain. Read about the positive results that were concluded by this study.

A Bale of Hay, a Bucket, and a Scoop

A bale of hay, a bucket, and a scoop are not standard measurements as the accuracy depends heavily on the contents. With cattle’s nutritional needs in constant fluctuation learn how ensure your cattle’s needs are being met.

Building Costs vs. Performance and Payback

EPA compliance, cattle profitability, and a drive for more performance has drove the number of cattle barns being put up to increase dramatically. This article discusses the consistency and predictability of performance as well as the improved feed conversions offer by confinement cattle.

Corn Processing and Moisture For Feedlot Cattle

The optimal moisture of processing and feeding corn to optimize feedlot performance has long since been debated. Continue reading to review several studies that have been compiled to try an answer these questions and allow you to better help your producers make grain and feeding decisions.

The Vantage is Still in NutriVantage For Beef & Dairy

After numerous feeding trials the initial observations of NutriVantage causing better feed intake, gains, and immune support has been affirmed in cattle products from calf milk replacers to dairy beef supplements. Read to understand the data supporting this conclusion in a summarized format.

Benefits of Higher Energy Finishing Diets

With cheaper corn and co-products slow to come down, many producers have asked about feeding more corn and a higher energy final diet than they have fed in the past. Continue reading to observe the advantages of feeding a higher energy diet.

Economics of Mud and Value of Bedding

Mud has a drastic impact on feed conversion and the subsequent effect on average daily gain and increases the amount of maintenance required. Read further to learn how to combat the mud and properly bed your feedlot.

Corn Silage – Don’t Open ‘Til Christmas

Studies show that ensiled corn silage does not begin to reach maximum feed value until four months after ensiling. Continue reading to learn why this is and what you can do to combat this issue and reach the maximum feeding value earlier.

Brood Cow Rules of Thumb For Mid- And Late-Gestation

Learn when and how to condition your mid- to late-gestation brood cows in preparation for winter. This article discusses general energy requirements based on cow weight and stage of gestation and what you should feed to meet them.

Benefits Of Bovine Plasma In Calf Milk Replacers

The recent incidence of PED led to some concerns about using plasma products. Though tests and studies show this played no role in the spread of PED, concerns of disease transmission have flowed into the calf industry. Read to learn more about the safety and benefits of bovine plasma.

Trace Mineral Utilization In Beef Cattle

There has been much discussion over the years relating to trace mineral levels for beef animals, as well as which sources are better, inorganic vs. organic. This article will discuss zinc, manganese, iron, and copper as trace minerals and their absorption into the body.

Making More Profit With Holstein Steers

The most important cost and most difficult to determine is the feed cost per pound of gain. So, how do you reduce cost of production if you do not know what the cost is? Continue reading to find out.

Do These Cattle Work?

Learn how to estimate the cost of gains that are associated with various feed prices and feeder wrights when you don’t have the time or resources to run a projection.

Importance of Supplemental Vitamin A in Beef Cattle Diets

Vitamin requirements of beef cattle are heavily focuses on A,D, and E, though the current production disruptions are causing a shortage of vitamin A. This article discusses the symptoms of a vitamin A deficiency and the significance it has in beef cattle diets.

Mold and Mycotoxins

Prevention is the best method to control mold growth and possible toxin formation. Continue reading to learn how to minimize mold growth and subsequent toxin production in storage as well as common toxins and their symptoms.

When Corn is Cheap: Should I Still Feed Ethanol By-Products?

When corn is cheaper, this is a familiar question. Many producers are under the impression that if DDG or wet byproducts are higher priced than corn. Read more to learn how it can be cheaper to continue feeding distillers even when corn prices do drop.

A Review Of Feedlot Data From Cattle Fed NutriVantage (2007-2014)*

We have had many questions regarding the use of NutriVantage for beef in feedlot cattle and the data that were generated from incoming calves through heat-stressed feedlot cattle. This article is a summary of the data accumulated from KNG’s PDC and field trials conducted from Kentucky to northwest Iowa.

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