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DEC 2017

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FEED•LOT  December 2017 17 later-as pen riders learn how to as- s ociate clinical signs with rectal temperature and the additional in- formation of the Whisper score." Research on feeding sugarbeets to feeder calves Sugarbeets that are not processed into sugar for human consumption are being evaluated for their feed- ing value for cattle in growing and finishing diets at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center feedlot north of Scottsbluff. Research being conducted by Dr. Karla Jenkins, cow-calf and range management specialist at the Panhandle Research and Exten- sion Center, is studying whether sugarbeets may be an economical energy source to grow for livestock in place of other commodity crops that require expensive inputs. This is the third year of a trial in which sugarbeets are being com- bined with wheat straw and fed to cattle. In 2015 and 2016, the trials involved pregnant cows. In coming months, a group of weaned calves will be compared. First, a growing trial will be con- ducted, with weaned calves receiv- ing diets with or without sugar- beets (44 percent dry matter) as an energy source. Those calves will then be used on a finishing trial, with the amount of sugarbeets on a dry-matter basis at either 0 per- c ent, 15 percent, or 30 percent. Daily gain, feed efficiency, dry matter intake, and carcass charac- teristics will be measured and eval- uated. The objective is to deter- mine how the calves' performance is affected by including sugarbeets as an energy source in the diet. Feeding livestock beets that can- not be used for human consump- tion might benefit not only sugar producers, but also might give cat- tle feeders another option in addi- tion to corn, according to Jenkins. The sugarbeets are not fed whole, but can be chopped with a special bucket mounted on a payloader. The earlier research using sugar- beets to replace corn in limit-fed confinement cow diets was prom- ising, according to Jenkins. That study indicated that gestating cows could be maintained on diets con- taining sugar beets as well as corn. At the same time, several poten- tial problems with feeding sugar- beets did not materialize, accord- ing to Jenkins, including choking and issues with palatability. And there was no mineral toxicity. In Jenkins' earlier research feed- ing sugarbeets to pregnant cows, the cows performed similarly on diets of 20 percent corn and 20 per- cent chopped sugarbeets. Gestat- ing beef cows were limit-fed an energy-dense diet in confinement. T he two treatments were diets con- taining 20 percent corn or 20 per- cent chopped sugarbeets on a dry matter basis. Diets also contained 20 percent wet distillers grains and 60 percent wheat straw on a dry matter basis. Cows performed sim- ilarly on those two diets. With the calves, she said she ex- pects similar results to corn, ener- gy-wise. But she's not sure how sug- ar will compare to corn in its effects on beef marbling and carcass. FL Specializing In: • Turn-Key Feedyard Construction • Hog Site Construction • Complete Dairy Construction • Sprinkler System • CAD Design • GPS Survey • Slipform Concrete Feedbunks • Dirtwork of All Types • Laser-Equipped Machinery • All types of Fencing Phone: 800-536-2634 maxjantzexcavating.com S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W S&W • Never Miss A Feeding • Works In Any Shape Bunks • Over 35 Years of Proven Performance • Over 1800 Units Sold • Fan Speed 3200 RPMS (speed creates MPH) • Units All Self Contained • Fly Spraying Attachment Available

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