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Beef Cattle Nutrition & Feeding

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It is estimated that 75% or more of the annual cost of maintaining beef cattle is taking care of their nutritional needs.  These costs are incurred through pasture establishment and fertility maintenance, harvest cost and purchase of supplemental feeds.  Nutritional management includes understanding the nutrient composition of feedstuffs and the levels required by cattle for optimal performance.  Visual observations of body condition score and weight change are valuable for assessing cattle response to their diet.  Evaluating and planning to overcome deficiencies or targeting growth includes testing feeds for their nutrient composition and utilizing ration balancing aides to formulate.  Listed below are guides and tools available to help in beef cattle nutritional management.

For more information contact:

  • Shane Gadberry, PhD PAS
    Associate Professor - Animal Science
    University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture
    Cooperative Extension Service
    2301 S. University Avenue
    Little Rock, Arkansas 72204
    Phone: (501) 671-2169
    Fax: (501) 671-2185
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