Livestock Grazing and Land Management Experts

Livestock grazing is an important tool in effective, sustainable range management.  In days gone by, people that owned cows and raised calves tended to think of themselves purely as beef producers. In the more modern cattle industry, we understand the use of herds as grass farmers, with cows being the vehicle to harvest forage and…

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Sustainable Livestock Production

As any rancher in today’s world knows, sustainable livestock production is the ticket to the best markets. Large buyer companies are demanding sustainable livestock production supporting the food at the store, because today’s consumers are demanding it from them.  A few examples of sustainable livestock production would be recycling products on the ranch, maintaining native…

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Feed Ingredient Evaluation for Livestock Producers

Livestock feed evaluation? Livestock producers are constantly in search of ways to improve the economics of their operations.  One effective way of realizing improved economics is to incorporate new ingredients into the feeding operation.  In this venture, producers must be careful to make certain they are familiar with the new ingredient and fully aware of…

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Energy Source of Feed Co-Products in Biofuels

When we say “bio-fuels co-products”, what is the first thing that comes to mind?  Usually, people think “protein” – and rightfully so.  And, to be fair, most livestock producers have the same thoughts!  Let’s face it:  protein is an expensive nutrient, on an individual basis.  However, the biggest single cost of producing animal protein is…

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Feed Co-Products in Biofuels – Protein

When we think of different biofuels co-products coming from biofuels operations, the one which immediately comes to mind is “protein feed for livestock”.  With very few exceptions, all co-products arising from biofuels production have some level of protein.  So, what makes one a “protein feed” and how do we classify these for our down-stream feed…

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Biofuels Feed Co-Products – Minerals

Bio-fuel production generally uses a fermentation process to convert starch into a desired product – for example, ethanol, bio-butanol, as well as others.  Corn and sorghum are the usual feedstocks for this source of starch.  Because corn (and sorghum) contain other nutrients besides the starch, these other nutrients are concentrated in the resulting co-products such…

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Protein Quality is Key As Biofuels Co Product

Many producers of biofuels tend to think of co-products in terms of protein quantity – i.e., the percentage of crude protein.  While “quantity” is an important number, it has greatest application for ruminants (animals like cattle and sheep).  For non-ruminants (animals like pigs and chickens), the protein “quality” is much more important.  So, what makes…

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