Beef Basics V
Nutritional Strategies for the Beef Cow Herd
What this course offers.
- The Amazing Ruminant - In all species the gastro-intestinal tract's main purpose is the digestion of food and absorption of nutrients. Learn how the ruminant animal utilizes production
- An In-depth Look at the Basic Nutrients and How They Impact Beef Cattle Nutrition - A knowledge and understanding of the basic nutrients and their use in the beef cow is an important step in evaluating feed.
- Feed and Forage Testing - Feed cost is the largest expense in a beef cow operation representing 60 to 70 percent of the total cost of the operation.
- Byproduct Feedstuffs - One objective of the cow/calf producers should be to spend the least amount of money as possible on feed and still meet all the beef cow's nutrient requirements. By-products may help to reduce feed costs.
- Alternative Crops for Grazing - To become a low cost and profitable producer, one of the major requirements is feeding as little harvested feed as possible during the year.
- Beef Nutrition-A Systems Perspective - The "system" part of the concept implies that a beef operation is really a system of many components, all of which play a part in determining net return.
- Minerals For Beef Cows - Mineral supplementation programs range from elaborate, cafeteria-style delivery systems to simple white salts blocks put out periodically by producers. Solving the mineral mystery can increase your net returns.
- Applying 2000 National Research Council (NCR) Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle - The 2000 published requirements are the "state of the art" from the top nutritionists in the U.S. The challenge is to apply the requirements in a practical way.