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Grading Needs To Be Revamped

David P. Price is a consulting nutritionist specializing in feedlot and range cattle Nutrition As we discussed last month, by happenstance the recession has changed cattle feeding. The “investor” cattle feeder is no longer present, which means fewer cattle will be hedged at a break-even. Concomitantly, this means more cattle will be placed on feed […] Read more

Genetics, The Crossroad Of Change

David P. Price is a consulting nutritionist specializing in feedlot and range cattle As a kid growing up in the ’50s, cattle buyers were looked upon with awe for their clairvoyant vision. Through subtle observation a cattle buyer was believed to be able to tell most everything about cattle. To be fair, the better ones […] Read more


Feed Efficiency

David P. Price is a consulting nutritionist specializing in feedlot and range cattle Last time we talked about bull-test feedlots. The point of these facilities has been to provide data on the gaining ability of breeding stock. But while gain has been the Holy Grail of cattle promotion, I think we all know feed efficiency […] Read more

Supplementing Energy On Pasture

David P. Price is a consulting nutritionist specializing in feedlot and range cattle www.cattleandwildlifenutrition.com Last time we discussed substituting straw for hay. We can do that, but it will require supplemental energy to offset what is not contained in the straw (as well as protein, vitamin A and minerals). If we are growing heifers on […] Read more


Cow Nutrient Requirements

David P. Price is a consulting nutritionist specializing in feedlot and range cattle www.cattleandwildlifenutrition.com Whenever drought is an issue, it is good to review cow nutrient requirements. While this may seem remedial, the consequences of an oversight can be devastating. As taught in Ruminant Nutrition 101, there are five classes of nutrients to be concerned […] Read more

Game Ranching

David P. Price is a consulting nutritionist specializing in feedlot and range cattle Several years ago we discussed the nutritional aspects of game ranching. We discussed how in “natural” game ranching through sensible range management we can attract and hold indigenous wildlife. We also discussed how through supplementation reproductive rates can be increased. With deer […] Read more


Nutrition – for Oct. 5, 2009

David P. Price is a consulting nutritionist specializing in feedlot and range cattle www.cattleandwildlifenutrition.com Last month we discussed how straw can be used as a substitute for hay in feedlot rations. In that situation it requires some formulation changes, but otherwise presents no major challenges or problems. Unfortunately, that is not the case for use […] Read more

Straw As Roughage

David P. Price is a consulting nutritionist specializing in feedlot and range cattle www.cattleandwildlifenutrition.com With hay supplies tight, straw is a viable substitute in feedlot rations. Indeed, in Mexico, where most feedlots have dairy sheds in the vicinity, feedlots are often forced to routinely use straw, as the dairies bid hay out of reach. Hay […] Read more


Beta-Agonists

David P. Price is a consulting nutritionist specializing in feedlot and range cattle The recession has hit virtually every industry, ours included. Feed prices have rolled back, thanks to the collapse in the demand for oil… and ethanol. Demand for beef has declined, but in addition to overall demand; demand has shifted. High-end restaurants have […] Read more

DDG Variation

David P. Price is a consulting nutritionist specializing in feedlot and range cattle When oil went over $100/bbl the explosion in ethanol production led to an equal explosion in the amount of spent grains available for feeding. We have discussed the inefficiency of corn ethanol production in a previous column. But regardless how foolish the […] Read more