Feedlot calves: The right start

feedlot beef calf

The management and handling of new calves arriving at a feedlot has a huge influence on profitability. New calves need to be managed with care in order to overcome the challenges they face without any unnecessary stress or other difficulties. A feedlot starter programme specifically focuses on making the transition to intensive production as easy…

Calculating feedlot performance in a carcass-value economy

feedlot

It has become increasingly apparent that conventional measures of live animal feedlot performance are inadequate to express the relative profitability of an animal or a pen of cattle. This is because most cattle today are valued on either a carcass weight basis or a net carcass value basis, and the proportion of carcass weight added,…

BRD in the feedlot: Prevention is better than cure

young feedlot cattle

When it comes to bovine respiratory disease (BRD) in the feedlot, the old aphorism, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” could not be more apropos. In fact, it would be even more true to say that preventing disease in the feedlot is not just “worth a pound of cure”, but is…

The benefits of chromium for ruminants

chromium for ruminants

The key to success in today’s ruminant industry is managing the effects of stress on animals. The goal is to minimise the cost of stress and help animals achieve optimal production. To achieve this, trace mineral nutrition is paramount. Keeping animals correctly fortified in terms of trace minerals will prevent the costliest deficiency – the…

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