Beef Farming Issues

This section looks at specific problems that beef farmers may be grappling with, alternatively producers may want to investigate improved ration formulation to try to increase efficiency of production.

Feeding Holstein steers

It is recommended to feed 7 to 10% forage to avoid dry matter intake and metabolic problems from feeding high concentrate diets.  Holsteins consume between 7 and 20% (NRC for beef is.. read more

Acidosis

There are a number of signs which indicate sub-acute ruminal acidosis (SARA) in cattle: – Reduced rumination Mild scour Foamy, bubbly dung Undigested grain in the dung If you think.. read more

Bloat in intensive beef systems

The following situations can result in bloat: – Lack of any forage in the diet Breed differences (higher in Holsteins due to high dry matter intake) Yeast inclusion can help.. read more

Once bred heifers

Once bred heifers can improve margins for suckler farmers.  Well grown heifers should be selected for breeding at 15 months and calving at 24 months.  Heifers should be around 65%.. read more