Feedlot Focus

Consistency is Key to Proper Feed Bunk Management

By : Erin Laborie, University of Nebraska Extension The overall goal of feed bunk management is to maintain consistency within the feeding system. Photo by Troy Walz, University of Nebraska Extension Proper bunk management is the art of matching feed deliveries to the amount of feed cattle need for optimal performance. Underfeeding cattle results in…

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Feedlot Shortcourse Focused on Cattle Handling, Profitability

BROOKINGS, S.D. – There is still time to register for the upcoming SDSU Extension Feedlot Shortcourse to be held August 7 and 8, 2018 at the SDSU Cow/Calf Education and Research Facility (2901 Western Avenue, Brookings SD 57006). Hosted by SDSU Extension and partners, the two-day Feedlot Shortcourse will begin at 8:30 a.m. (CST) August 7 and…

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Heat Stress in Feedlot Cattle

By : Steve Boyles, OSU Extension Beef Specialist (This article derived from: Kevin F. Sullivan and Terry L. Mader. June 2018. Managing heat stress episodes in confined cattle. Vet Clin Food Anim 34: 325–339 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0749072018300161) Feedlot cattle consuming large amounts of feed and gaining rapidly generate significant amounts of metabolic heat begin to challenge and…

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Balance vs. the trade-off

By : Justin Sexten, Ph.D., Director, Supply Development   One of the big challenges of livestock judging is explaining “balance” to a new evaluator. As we attend county fairs, state previews and junior nationals, we’ll hear the term used to describe cattle in nearly every class. After the judge remarks on the calf’s balance, they’ll…

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Alternative Feeding Options For the Cattle industry

BY ROBERT JONES M.S., RUMINANT NUTRITIONIST, GREAT PLAINS LIVESTOCK CONSULTING, INC   Concerns of drought conditions going into the summer months coupled with dry weather conditions in 2017 and extended  winter conditions in some areas, have caused producers to try and stretch their roughage supplies. With high hay prices and difficultly of procuring traditional roughage…

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