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Make sure to know what you are feeding

Every year a revised listing of the nutritional composition of feedstuffs is made available.  The new table is now available...

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Guide on 'leftovers' for livestock released

The documentation is clear about the amount of food that is wasted in the US - an astronomical amount - approximately 160 billion pounds!  That is a staggering number.  I know there are several people that feed food waste to their livestock; from spent brewer's products to cereal.  I was reading the following art...

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Storage Life of Livestock Feeds - Frequently Asked Questions

With all the moisture floating in the air after all the rains, it is important to keep vigil on your feedstuffs.  This article is very good. Grains and roughages have varying "shelf lives" depending on how they were harvested, processed and stored. Becoming familiar with how certain processes affect livest...

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Heifer reproduction can be hurt by washy spring forage

I found this article online and thought you might think it is important as well.  It fits the d...

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Feed Composition Tables

It's that time of year again.  The new feed composition table is out.  Here's the...

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Growth Hormones and the Environment

I consider myself a scientist first then an educator.  It can be "entertaining" to read what the latest research is.  Most is nothing to be excited about but those with headlines that pertain to animal agriculture usually will receive more than a cursory look.  The most recent article that I read pertains to growth hormones and the environment. The aforementioned article "Coupled revers...

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2015 Feed Composition Tables

Every year I am asked about the nutritional value of feedstuffs and each year Beef Magazine provides a feed composition table in either on-line form or as a downloadable PDF file.  This table provides 280 commonly used cattle feedstuffs and their nutritional breakdown; however,...

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Grass tetany prevention

Pastures and small grain fields are finally green, and livestock producers have already put their livestock out on pasture.  However, keep in mind the risk of grass tetany. Grass tetany is caused by low blood magnesium (Mg) level. Magnesium is one of the macro minerals required by animals and it is involved in crucial metabolic functions such as the transmission of nerve impulses and muscl...

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Looking for beef info online

IN an era when consumers have a wealth of information at their fingertips, where do they turn for recommendations on meat purchasing? That's the question assistant professor of consumer economics Kuo-Liang "Matt" Chang and a team of South Dakota State University researchers sought to answer when trying to determine the best way to use social media to encourage beef consumption. The...

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Do GMO Feeds Harm Livestock?

There are a few hot-button issues that seem to be flash points in generating heated debate about the safety of our food supply. Perhaps one of the most volatile of those flash points is whether or not genetically engineered (GE) foods, often called genetically modified organism or GMOs, are harmful to human and animal health. However, the debate over GMOs often seems to generate mo...

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Water sources, chemical quality important considerations for animal production

Maintaining healthy livestock can be achieved through knowledge of which chemical parameters affect nutritional status, the natural occurrence of chemicals, plus regional and seasonal variability of water quality, A.M. Dietrich of Virginia Tech explained here at the 2014 Joint Annual Meeting of the American Dairy Science Association and American Society of Animal Science in Kansas City....

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Feed Composition Table

Every year I am asked to provide a information on feedstuffs to balance rations.  I found an article that has a link to a Table of 280 feedstuffs commonly used to feed cattle and sheep. Keep in mind though that feeds are not constant.  The best way to balance a diet is to have your feedstuffs analyzed, especially your hay.  Sometimes hay looks/smells great, but has little nutritive valu...

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