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Feed & Nutrition

Learn about all aspects of cattle nutrition from harvest and storage to balancing rations with forage, byproducts and supplements.

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Cattle on pasture. There is something iconic, almost romantic, about a herd of cattle spread across a lush green pasture with the wind dancing through the grass. Grazing cattle are the foundation of the cattle industry, the heart and soul, steeped in tradition.

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During the winter season, most cattle are supplemented with dry forages, grains and coproducts. This ration is balanced and delivered to cattle. Then spring comes along and cattle are put out to grass.

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Marbling is the intramuscular fat that accounts for juiciness and flavor in cooked beef. This beef quality variable has received long-standing attention from the beef cattle industry and the animal science community. Consequently, much has been written about factors that influence marbling score.

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My head was spinning – such a new breakthrough, with implications that were overwhelming. I just had to share it. I walked down the street to the Confused Chromosome Club and pulled open the door.

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As of Jan. 1, 2017, the FDA’s Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) became law and changed the way medically important antibiotics have been used in animal agriculture for decades.

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The 2016 corn crop was record-breaking in many regions, phenomenal, in fact. However, that yield came with a price: mold growth and associated mycotoxins.

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