As we approach the end of 2016, we want to look back on the top 10 articles from Bovine Vet this year. Read the number five below.
We’ll be posting the 13 questions, along with our answers, over the next couple weeks. Here is question 5:
Biologically, how does corn speed up the cattle growth cycle?
Grain is high in starch, which is a good source of dietary energy. Forage, on the other hand is high in fiber and much lower in energy. Cattle, as ruminant animals, can digest cellulose or fiber, converting forage to beef. However, even on a high-quality forage diet, a steer will gain about two pounds per day, compared with about three to four pounds per day on a typical feedlot diet, due to the higher calories in the grain component.
See question 4 from this series here.