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Beef Cattle Nutrition & Feeding

Cattle Bunk Feeding

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
  • 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.  Producers can evaluate and plan to overcome deficiencies or target growth by testing feed(s) for their nutrient composition and utilizing ration balancing aides to formulate.  

We offer guides and tools to help in beef cattle nutritional management.

Download Medicated Feed Calculator Feed Calculator Guide

Decision Aides

Cattle Grower Ration Balancer  This Excel spreadsheet is designed for balancing rations for growing and finishing cattle. A user's guide (PDF) and flowchart (PDF) are available for detailed instructions.

Comparative Feed Value Calculator  Use this Excel spreadsheet to compare prices of various feedstuffs based on the value of protein and energy content of soybean meal and corn. A user's guide (PDF) is available for detailed instructions.

Mineral Profile Evaluator - This Excel spreadsheet compares the mineral composition of a mineral supplement  to the requirements of lactating beef cows and growing calves.

For more information contact:

Shane Gadberry, PhD PAS
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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