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Posts Categorized: Beef Nutrition

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Are You Short on Forages?

Avoiding Forage Disasters By Dr. James Coomer, Ph.D., P.A.S Most of the United States dealt with some type of forage disaster in 2019 and some in the eastern US and the western US have dealt with drought this year.  The drought this year has negatively affected alfalfa yields and may have negatively affected corn silage […]

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The Importance of Fat Soluble Vitamins in Ruminant Diets

By Dr. Louisa Koch, Ph.D., P.A.S. Vitamins are organic compounds that are required in small quantities and are essential for the maintenance of life. Rising feed costs and lower profit margins may motivate some producers to limit vitamin and trace mineral inclusion. However, supplementation of adequate vitamin levels in the diet is pivotal to the […]

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A Look at Feed Additives for Beef Cattle

By Dr. Aimee Hafla, Ph.D., PAS Increasing consumer pressure to reduce or eliminate the use of antibiotics continues to motivate livestock producers to evaluate novel feed additives that offer health and production benefits, but do not require veterinary oversight. However, sorting through the growing selection of products and ingredients can leave even a well-versed nutritionist […]

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Hot Topics from the 2019 ADSA Annual Meeting

By Dr. James Coomer, Ph.D., P.A.S. The 2019 annual meeting of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) was recently held in Cincinnati, OH with almost 2,000 dairy industry professionals in attendance.  There were over 1,100 scientific presentations made either orally or by poster presentation (about 550 of each type).  There were over 340 presentations related […]

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Moldy Feed Can Sicken Livestock

It’s no secret that the weather in the Midwest has been high in precipitation this year. All of this rain and extra moisture can cause feed and pastures to become moldy. Storage units, bales, and land have all been flooded for months and it doesn’t take much for that water to ruin your livestock’s feed. […]

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The Value of Good Feed Bunk Management

By Dr. James C. Coomer, Ph.D., P.A.S. Feed bunk management represents a very important aspect of the productivity and profitability of all dairy operations. Proper feed bunk management is important for maximizing dry matter intake (DMI) and optimizing production. For each one pound increase in DMI, a cow can produce 1 to 2 lb. more […]

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Springtime is Hoof King® Time

By Dr. Gene P. Gengelbach, Ph.D., P.A.S. Days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and pastures are starting to green up. The joys of springtime! But spring also brings rain, mud, and wet bedding, all of which can be a challenge to livestock and livestock producers everywhere. This combination of warm and damp […]

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New Agri-King Drench for Stressed Cattle

FULTON, IL (July 26, 2017) — Agri-King is releasing its newest nutrition product for the cattle industry, Agri-King Drench. This product is part of the improved Key Beef Program from Agri-King, Fulton, Ill. The product is an oral symbiotic product created to provide nutritional support to cattle during times of stress using electrolytes, B vitamins, […]

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Analyze Your Mineral Program

By Dr. Aimee N. Hafla, Ph.D., P.A.S. As we get closer to spring and begin to think about green grass and grazing cattle, it is a good time to evaluate your mineral supplementation program. It takes more than just energy and protein to ensure optimal health and performance of beef cattle. Vitamins and minerals are […]

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Managing Nitrate and Ammonia Issues

By Dr. Dave Jones, Ph.D., P.A.S. Nitrates and ammonia can be found in forages and either one or both can reduce animal productivity. The oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood is decreased when nitrates bind to the hemoglobin, forming methemoglobin. Low blood oxygen inhibits cellular and energy metabolism by the cells. Ammonia increases blood pH, can […]