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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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It is commonly thought that certain probiotics and direct-fed microbials (DFMs) can be used as “natural” alternatives to antibiotics in cattle.

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A two-year study by a Texas AgriLife Research team in Amarillo has helped bring a new product to market that could allow the cattle feeding industry to realize efficiencies in mills and more weight on cattle, according to Jim MacDonald.

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Let's take a look at what has happened to box beef prices, fed cattle prices, feeder cattle prices and corn prices over the last year. I will start with USDA Choice box beef prices. In June of 2010, the price averaged $157 per cwt. and increased to $168 by January 2011. In April of this year, the price increased to $188 and on June 1, 2011 the price had decreased to $178 per cwt.

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An old family photo album holds a picture of a little girl with a huge smile, holding an even bigger bag of carrots, as she stares at her new lifelong adventure.

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When feeding high-stress weaning and receiving cattle, there are two competing factors that dictate what the best strategy is:

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One of the textbooks I routinely use to answer questions about trace minerals is Minerals in Animal and Human Nutrition by Lee McDowell from the University of Florida.

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