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Stepping up to wheat-based finishing diets in cattle

Research on the Record with Reynold Bergen

Grain-based diets improve feed efficiency, but increase the risk of rumen acidosis. Rumen acidosis occurs when rumen pH drops below 5.6 for more than three consecutive hours. Severe or chronic acidosis is an animal welfare concern due to rumen damage, liver abscesses, lameness, and an economic cost due to compromised feed conversion and growth performance. […] Read more

Post-doctorate fellow, Katie Wood says the benefits to monensin held true at the 48 mg/kg rate.

The trials and troubles of feeding monensin to cattle

It works just as well at the new higher rate, just be sure you are feeding the correct rate

Now that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has raised the safe rate for monensin to 48 parts per million per kilogram of dry matter from 33 ppm, Dr. Katie Wood wanted to know if the proven benefits to feeding monensin still held true at this higher rate. Monensin is an ionophore that increases overall […] Read more


Brittany Wiese.

In search of healthy beef cattle livers

Liver abscesses continue to be an economic concern for the beef industry, even with modern feeding practices. They are worth around 60 cents a pound if suitable for human consumption, but more important than the direct loss when abscessed livers have to be condemned is the effect on performance and carcass characteristics. Brittany Wiese, a […] Read more

Rae-Leigh Pederzolli

Cocktails for cattle under stress

News Roundup from the September 2015 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Cells lining the inside of your digestive tract are on guard 24-7 letting nutrients into the bloodstream and blocking harmful substances from entering the bloodstream. It’s no different in cattle. Barrier function of the bovine intestinal tract is the subject of new research in progress at the University of Saskatchewan where master’s candidate Rae-Leigh Pederzolli […] Read more


A fistula such as this one is used to gain access to the rumen to study its contents.

A new look at acidosis

Some rumen microbes prefer to break down fibre, while others thrive on sugars and starches. This allows cattle and other ruminants to take advantage of a wide variety of different feeds. If the feed contains a lot of poorly digestible fibre, the fibre-digesting microbes will predominate. This allows ruminants to survive in Canada’s long, cold […] Read more

The role of technology in the efficient production of wholesome beef

Nutrition with John McKinnon

I recently had the opportunity to do a series of producer meetings in southern Alberta and was reminded about the important role that technology such as growth implants and feed additives play in our industry. In light of the marketing hype that some national chains are using to influence the consumer’s perception about the wholesomeness […] Read more