Feed Efficiency Questions Answered


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Go to any cattlemen’s meeting and the discussion sooner or later will turn to feed efficiency. But how does that fit into a commercial cattleman’s selection and management programs? Dan Shike with the University of Illinois explains.

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Kent Hanawalt (not verified)
on Sep 16, 2013

Are feedlot rations really grain-based? Isn't a large percentage of the rations still roughage?

One message I'd like to get out to the public is that my cows live on roughage - which is otherwise a waste product.
And my understanding of the feedlot is that a main component of the ration is still silage - and even straw - and now distiller's by-products.

In our industry we need to BRAG that we make a highly-nutritious and highly-flavorful product, mostly from 'natural and sustainable' solar collectors that would otherwise be wasted.

And yes, I DO buy my bulls on the basis of the Red Angus 'Maintenance Energy' EPDs.

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