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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.


Distillers grains are the byproduct of distillation and fuel ethanol production. They have a long history of being fed to livestock.

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Problems occur in every silage program, no matter the size of your beef cattle operation.

It is estimated that the dry matter (DM) loss in the corn silage made in the U.S. this past year will be between 16 and 20 percent.

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The ingenuity of farmers should never come into question. They’ve come up with hundreds of ways to utilize twine and duct tape.

When times are tough, farmers find solutions.

That’s why it’s no surprise that in a year of drought, farmers are rekindling an old idea of stretching their feed supplies further.

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Bob Sand is fond of the old saying “most ranchers know the EPDs of their bulls better than they know their wedding anniversaries,” but he says that if you ask a rancher about the composition of the mineral he feeds, chances are he won’t be able to tell you.

“It’s not glamorous talking about nutrition within your herd,” says Sand, owner and president of The Beef Connection, a data-driven, multi-year breeding, production and marketing program for commercial cattle producers. “But bulls, bulls are glamorous, and people know their bulls.”

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Historically, a lot of cows were kept around because they were relatively easy and cheap to feed, and they made it possible to get some value from otherwise unused grazing ground.

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The north-central and western regions of the U.S. are important sugar beet-producing regions.

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