Feed Efficiency

DNA technology in the beef cattle industry

Beef industry innovators are looking at DNA technology as another selection tool for decisions that give them a marketing advantage. FULL STORY »

Why is early castration of bull calves important?

In the United States, more than 17 million bulls are castrated yearly that range in age from 1 day to 1 year old. FULL STORY »

Novus: Oxidative balance can affect cattle health and performance

Beef producers are familiar with the performance standards of weaning weight, average daily gain, carcass quality and feed efficiency. One factor that can affect all of these measures of profitability has not received much attention – until now. FULL STORY »

Ractopamine hydrochloride held at Step 8

The Codex Alimentarius Commission decided to hold at Step 8 the global food safety standards for ractopamine hydrochloride (ractopamine) at its 34th Session that concluded Saturday in Geneva. FULL STORY »

Grass-roots genomics

A collaborative research and outreach project involving seedstock breeders along with university and USDA researchers seeks to unravel genetic influences in beef-cattle growth. FULL STORY »

International food-safety agency holds up standards on ractopamine

Elanco expressed disappointment this week as the Codex Alimentarius Commission held at Step 8 of the global food safety standards for ractopamine hydrochloride. FULL STORY »

Multi-university team zeroes in on feed efficiency

A 1 percent improvement in beef cattle feed efficiency could return as much as $700 million annually to U.S. producers, Iowa State University animal scientist Dorian Garrick, PhD, told participants in last month’s Beef Improvement Federation conference. FULL STORY »

Fight flies to protect performance

Fly season is in full swing, and Purdue Extension entomologist Ralph Williams, PhD, says insect control is essential as these pests can lead to disease and decreased growth rates in livestock. FULL STORY »

Unloading Mycoplasma bovis

The next load of cattle may carry more than just an opportunity for profit FULL STORY »

Unloading Mycoplasma bovis

Many feedlots are buying higher-risk cattle due to economics; help them be prepared for Mycoplasma bovis infections. FULL STORY »

Insect control proves essential in livestock production

Fly season is in full swing, and a Purdue Extension entomologist says insect control is essential as these pests can lead to disease and decreased growth rates in livestock. FULL STORY »

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