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BRaNDS - Professional Edition
BRaNDS Professional was developed for the frequent ration developer and consultant.

Included are modules for breeding cows and heifers, growing and breeding age bulls stocker cattle, and feedlot cattle, with numerous enhancements in each module. This edition allows you to evaluate rations for groups ranging in weight and production stages. Added features include: all modules are incorporated into one edition with a shared feed library; capability of multiple feed library storages; added professional ration analysis printouts; least-cost formulation; custom mix module; feedlot projections and total feeding period amounts using formulated rations..

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in and also displayed when the software is added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.
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$525.00
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$525.00
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$0.00
BRaNDS Appendix
The BRaNDS Appendix contains many tools for estimating feed quantities and qualities along with some cattle and pasture growth and development. The Appendix is part of the Professional Edition, but those with the Standard Editions can also download this Appendix now.

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.
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$10.00
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$0.00
BRaNDS - Eastern Cornbelt Standard Edition Cow and Heifer Module
The Cow and Heifer Module uses criteria like condition score, production stage, breed type, weather conditions & feedstuff utilization to determine whether a herd's nutritional demands are met. A modifiable feed library is included. The Heifer Module in a calendarized or lifecycle approach, which can go back to a baby calf and be utilized through the third trimester of the first pregnancy to do developing heifer rations. It incorporates the target-weight concept to help balance rations that meet target daily weight gains.

Batch mix and TMR are included.

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in and also displayed when the software is added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.
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$100.00
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BRaNDS - Eastern Cornbelt Standard Feedyard Edition
This module helps solve everyday feedlot ration problems. Besides normal cattle descriptions, frame size defined by weight at 50% Choice, facility type, environment and feedstuff mixes are used to calculate whether daily gain goals are met.

Implant type, Optaflexx, MGA are included.

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in and also displayed when the software is added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.
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$50.00
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BRaNDS - Eastern Cornbelt Complete Standard Edition
Combines all the standard edition modules of BRaNDS in an economical package - utilize your own feed analysis or refer to the program's default feed library. Recommendations primarily based on The National Academies for Science, Engineering and Medicine documents.

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in, and the item is then added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.
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$260.00
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BRaNDS - Eastern Cornbelt Professional Edition
BRaNDS Professional was developed for the frequent ration developer and consultant.

Included are modules for breeding cows and heifers, growing and breeding age bulls stocker cattle, and feedlot cattle, with numerous enhancements in each module. This edition allows you to evaluate rations for groups ranging in weight and production stages. Added features include: all modules are incorporated into one edition with a shared feed library; capability of multiple feed library storages; added professional ration analysis printouts; least-cost formulation; custom mix module; feedlot projections and total feeding period amounts using formulated rations..

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in and also displayed when the software is added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.
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$525.00
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Pasture and Grazing Arrangements for Beef Cattle
There is no standard process for establishing a pasture rental rate. This fact sheet outlines considerations for both landowners and renters when negotiating yearly or long-term grazing-land leases.
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ISU Beef Feedlot Monitor Software
The ISU Beef Feedlot Monitor Software is stand alone, Windows™ based software designed for commercial beef feedyards to monitor animal and financial performance, generate invoices for custom fed cattle and close-outs on finished lots. Input data regarding feed and health product use, production costs and income are used to calculate real time weight gains, breakeven values and returns on cattle moving through the operation.

Additional information about this software and others can be obtained from the Iowa Beef Center or by contacting Garland Dahlke at 515-294-9910 or garland@iastate.edu

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in and also displayed when the software is added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.

Download and view the free promotional flier (AS 13B) below and take a peek at the benefits this software offers.
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$600.00
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Final Report on National Program for Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle
This publication is the final report on the National Program for the Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle, a USDA integrated research and extension project that began in 2011 and ends in 2017. The objectives of the project were to develop and deliver genomic-based selection tools to the U.S. beef industry to enable genetic progress for feed efficiency. It combines four ISU Extension and Outreach fact sheets, as well as additional findings of the project.
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2017 Driftless Region Beef Conference proceedings
Cooperative Extension in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin partnered to offer the fifth annual Driftless Region Beef Conference on January 26-27, 2017 in Dubuque, Iowa. Each year this conference brings together beef producers for an educational program that focuses on the needs of this unique production region.

Topics include: Bridging the gap between farmers and consumers, Maximizing margins for cow-calf producers through improved limit-fed hay procedures, Putting the grazing puzzle together, Feeding and managing cattle at heavy weights, Supplementing cows on spring forages, BQA feedyard self-assessment, Corn crop harvest endpoint and profitability in the feedlot, Myths and merits of grazing corn residue, Raising beef in the world of VFDs, Hedging: Using market tools to mitigate your price risk, and more.
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BRaNDS Promotional Brochure
BRaNDS is a series of highly developed Microsoft Excel© spreadsheet programs that use the net energy and metabolizable protein systems to help producers and agri-business professionals balance rations for various classes of beef cattle.

Developed by Iowa State University animal science nutrition experts, BRaNDS is based on updated 1996 National Research Council (NRC) guidelines and helps optimize use of on-farm feed resources.

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BRaNDS Stocker Module
Use to evaluate and formulate rations for growing cattle on grass or crop residue. Utilize your own feed analysis or refer to the program’s default feed library. Recommendations primarily based on The National Academies for Science, Engineering and Medicine documents.

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.
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$50.00
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BRaNDS - Standard Cow & Heifer Edition
The Cow and Heifer Module uses criteria like condition score, production stage, breed type, weather conditions & feedstuff utilization to determine whether a herd's nutritional demands are met. A modifiable feed library is included. The Heifer Module in a calendarized or lifecycle approach, which can go back to a baby calf and be utilized through the third trimester of the first pregnancy to do developing heifer rations. It incorporates the target-weight concept to help balance rations that meet target daily weight gains.

Batch mix and TMR are included.

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in and also displayed when the software is added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.
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$100.00
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BRaNDS - Breeding Bull Module
Ideally suited for bull test rations, the Growing Bull Module takes into account factors influencing nutrient demand and feedstuff choices to determine if weight gain goals are met. The Breeding Bull Module is for breeding age bulls. Like the Beef Cow Module in concept, this program assists in optimizing the use of feedstuffs in maintaining the herd bull battery..

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in and also displayed when the software is added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.
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$100.00
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BRaNDS - Standard Feedyard Edition
This module helps solve everyday feedlot ration problems. Besides normal cattle descriptions, frame size defined by weight at 50% Choice, facility type, environment and feedstuff mixes are used to calculate whether daily gain goals are met.

Implant type, Optaflexx, MGA are included.

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in and also displayed when the software is added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.
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Digital Download (.zip)
$50.00
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BRaNDS - Standard Edition
Combines all the standard edition modules of BRaNDS in an economical package - utilize your own feed analysis or refer to the program's default feed library. Recommendations primarily based on The National Academies for Science, Engineering and Medicine documents.

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in, and the item is then added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.
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BRaNDS - Kansas State Professional Edition
BRaNDS Professional was developed for the frequent ration developer and consultant.

Included are modules for breeding cows and heifers, growing and breeding age bulls stocker cattle, and feedlot cattle, with numerous enhancements in each module. This edition allows you to evaluate rations for groups ranging in weight and production stages. Added features include: all modules are incorporated into one edition with a shared feed library; capability of multiple feed library storages; added professional ration analysis printouts; least-cost formulation; custom mix module; feedlot projections and total feeding period amounts using formulated rations. .

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in and also displayed when the software is added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.
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$525.00
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BRaNDS - Kansas State Standard Edition Cow and Heifer Module
The Beef Cow Module uses criteria like condition score, production stage, breed type, weather conditions & feedstuff utilization to determine whether a herd's nutritional demands are met.  A modifiable feed library is included. The Heifer Module in a calendarized or lifecycle approach, which can go back to a baby calf and be utilized through the third trimester of the first pregnancy to do developing heifer rations. It incorporates the target-weight concept to help balance rations that meet target daily weight gains.

Batch mix and TMR are included..

Compatible with PC or MAC, MS Excel is required to run the program.

Discounts are available for customers who have purchased prior versions of this software from the ISU Extension Store. All applicable discounts are reflected after signing in and also displayed when the software is added to your shopping cart. If you believe you qualify for a discount from a prior purchase yet the discount is not reflected, please contact us at: 515-294-5247 or extstore@iastate.edu.
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$100.00
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BRaNDS - Kansas State Complete Standard Edition
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Beef Industry Module
The learning objectives are as follows: Recognize how the beef cattle industry is divided and name key personnel in each division. Differentiate between management strategies at each stage of beef cattle production. Explain different feeding practices for each life stage within the beef cattle industry. List major diet components used for beef cattle for each life stage. This grain module is brought to you by the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative, and was produced by the Crop Advisor Institute.

Click here to access the Beef Industry Module



Learning objective: Recognize how the beef industry is organized and explain different feeding practices for each life stage. Learn common diet components used for beef.

Introduction: Typically, beef cattle start on a cow-calf operation. After weaning they may be sent to a backgrounder operation, then to a feedlot.

Cow-calf operations: The goal of a cow-calf operation is to maintain a herd of healthy cows that will produce healthy calves each year. Calves are separated into replacement heifers and breeding bulls to be retained within the herd, with the bulk of calves sent to backgrounders or feedlots.

Backgrounder: Calves may be sent to a specialized backgrounding facility to acclimate them to the feedlot lifestyle. Not all producers choose to utilize this stage.

Feedlot: Feedlot operations add muscle and fat to the cattle through an energy dense diet until they are ready for harvest.

Harvesting and packing: The final phase is harvesting and packing. This is where the animal is processed into products desired by consumers.

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Dairy Industry Module
The learning objectives discussed: Recognize how the dairy cattle industry is divided. Sequentially list the stages of dairy cattle production and how various dairy cattle production animals are managed at each production stage. Explain different feeding practices for each life stage within the dairy cattle industry. Describe major diet components used for dairy cattle for each life stage. This grain module is brought to you by the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative, and was produced by the Crop Advisor Institute.

Click here to access the Dairy Industry Module



Learning objective: Recognize how the dairy industry is organized. Describe the different stages of production, management practices, types of housing, and feeding practices.

Introduction: The dairy industry not only provides dairy products, but also accounts for 20 percent of the beef industry. Large-scale operations house over 2,000 head of dairy cattle and make up 30 percent of the dairy industry. Small-scale operations make up 2 percent of the dairy industry.

Housing: There are a variety of housing options for dairy producers depending on the size of the herd and the amount of land available. Options may include tie stalls for very small herds, grazing and dry lots for large herds, or covered barns for herds of various sizes

Nutrition: Newborn calves will be fed colostrum and then milk. Within several days, they will be offered small amounts of concentrate to teach them how to eat solid food. After weaning, calves are introduced to a diet that includes forages and protein supplements to support growth. Bred heifers and lactating cows require the most nutrients and energy compared to others in the herd. Dry cows are in a period of maintenance and require a lower quality diet.

Milking systems: Tie-stall and parlor milking systems are commonly used throughout the dairy industry. Tie stall systems are used in smaller operations, are portable, and can be brought to the cattle. Parlor systems are housed in a separate area of the barn that is reserved for milking.

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Growth Promotant Implants for Cattle
The proper development of an implant strategy can improve daily gains up to 20%, improve efficiency up to 15% and reduce cost of production at least 10%. Improper implant use and lack of management adjustments with certain implant programs may reduce quality grade, and increase undesirable side effects. Perhaps no other technology returns more per dollar invested than implanting.
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Making the Switch to Baleage
Baleage can provide an alternative harvest system for producers, reducing the amount of dry matter loss during storage and limiting waste at feeding. The limited time needed to make baleage lends itself to earlier and more frequent cuttings of growth, which increases the overall quality of the stored forage. The shorter time needed to make baleage also decreases the impact of weather on harvest.
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Beef and Dairy Cattle Vaccination Programs
Infectious diseases threaten beef and dairy cattle health and welfare and can decrease productivity and profitability. Vaccination is an important component of control and prevention of these diseases. A vaccination program, however, is not a substitute for good nutrition, adequate ventilation, effective sanitation and other health management procedures.
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2016 Driftless Region Beef Conference proceedings
Cooperative Extension in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin partnered to offer the fourth annual Driftless Region Beef Conference on February 4-5, 2016 in Dubuque, Iowa. Each year this conference brings together beef producers for an educational program that focuses on the needs of this unique production region.

Topics include: Lameness disorders in feedlot cattle, developmental programming, retrofitting retired facilities for beef, Veterinary Feed Directive, impact of crop prices on land use, impact of facility design on fertilizer value of manure, and more.
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Herbicide use may restrict grazing options for cover crops
Interest in cover crops has dramatically increased due to their many potential benefits. In addition to conservation purposes, cover crops can provide forage for livestock producers. It is important for livestock producers to consider restrictions on labels of herbicides used earlier in the growing season if they intend to use the cover crop as a forage source.
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Feed Bunk Management
Feedlot managers know the way to consistent and sustainable animal growth performance is through proper feed bunk management. From helping you understand feed mixing, composition and quantity to suggesting protocols for scheduling timely and appropriate feed deliveries, this publication provides tips and techniques to make feed bunk management a vital component of your operation.
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Feed Bunk Management - Standard Operating Procedure
The editable document can be used to create a feed bunk management plan. Refer to Feed Bunk Management (IBCR 201A below) for more information and details.
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Iowa Beef Producer Profile: A 2014 Survey of Iowa Cow-Calf Producers Summary
This summary of the 2014 Cow-Calf Producer Survey provides an overview of the survey results and further describes the growth opportunities and challenges in beef cattle production in Iowa. The conclusion states, "The future size and structure of the Iowa beef cow herd will be determined by the individual decisions of more than 19,000 cattle owners. These owners are very diverse, not only in their operational characteristics, but also in their perceptions of the key factors influencing profitable and sustainable growth of the industry."

The project was conducted by the Iowa Beef Center, in collaboration with USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
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Iowa Beef Producer Profile: A 2014 Survey of Iowa Feedlot Operators Summary
This summary of the 2014 Feedlot Operator Survey provides an overview of the survey results and further describes the growth opportunities and challenges in beef cattle production in Iowa. The conclusion states, "The future size and structure of the Iowa feedlot sector will be determined by the individual decisions of more than 6,000 feedlot operators. These owners are very diverse, not only in their operational characteristics, but also in their perceptions of the key factors influencing profitable and sustainable growth of the industry."

The project was conducted by the Iowa Beef Center, in collaboration with USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
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Beef Feedlot Systems Manual
This manual can help producers compare five feedlot facility types including confinement and open lot.

Estimated costs, performance assumptions based on available research, manure value, and discussion on environmental issues are provided and analyzed for each facility type.

The companion Feedlot Facility Economic Assessment calculator provides producers with a quick comparison between types of facilities and related costs. Spreadsheets can be customized to your operation to conduct an economic facility assessment, input costs, and performance related measures to optimize operations. Use it conjunction with the Beef Feedlot Manual.

To be notified of updates on the calculator tool, provide your contact information here.
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2015 Driftless Region Beef Conference proceedings
Cooperative Extension in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin partner to offer the third annual Driftless Region Beef Conference.

The 2015 program focused on sustainability of the beef industry, local markets, and profitability.

Speakers include Jude Capper, beef industry sustainability expert; Mark Hilton, Purdue University; Rick Rasby, University of Nebraska; Lee Schulz, Iowa State University and more.
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Ethanol Coproducts for Beef Cattle – The Processes and Products
Rapid expansion of the ethanol industry in Iowa within the last ten years is one factor supporting a revitalization of beef cattle feeding in the Northern Plains and upper Midwest, particularly in Iowa and Nebraska. This publication reviews the processes and their effects on nutrient value.
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Ethanol Coproducts for Beef Cattle - The Changing Distillers Grains for Feedlot Cattle
Distillers coproducts have a long, and nearly as colorful, history as the distilling industry itself. Today, distillers grains and solubles produced by the ethanol industry are among the most abundant feed coproducts available to beef cattle and have become standard components of beef diets. This publication evaluates the effects of these changes on the nutritional value of distillers grains for feedlot cattle.
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Ethanol Coproducts for Beef Cattle - Factors Affecting the Economics of Corn Coproducts in Cattle Rations
As the ethanol industry has expanded across Iowa and the Midwest, various corn coproducts have become more abundant and available. This publication addresses the proper ration formulation, economic analysis, and feeding management are important in developing a cost competitive and profitable feeding system.
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Ethanol Coproducts for Beef Cattle - Distillers Grains for Beef Cows
The ethanol boom has significantly impacted Iowa's livestock industry by providing an abundance of fresh corn coproducts for use as either a primary feed ingredient or supplement for beef cattle in all stages of production. This publication provides topics for producers to consider for beef cow rations.
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Ethanol Coproducts for Beef Cattle - Handling and Storage Considerations
Ethanol production in the U.S. continues to provide livestock producers with feedstuffs that are an excellent source of both protein and energy and serve as a staple in the rations of beef producers in the Cornbelt and beyond. This publication provides an overview for producers to consider when storing and feeding these higher moisture feedstuffs.
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Ethanol Coproducts for Beef Cattle - Avoiding the Negative Effects of High Dietary Sulfur
During ethanol production, starch from corn is fermented to ethanol while the protein, fiber, and fat in the corn are concentrated into coproducts called distillers grains (DGS). This publication outlines considerations for evaluating these grains as a food source.
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Iowa Pastureland Changes 2007-2012
Land that has been typically in pasture or forage is now being put into crop production. This survey indicates that 21% of Iowa's pastureland was converted to cropland from 2007-2012. Learn more about Iowa's pastureland in this document.
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Iowa Beef Center -- 2014 Cow-Calf Producer Survey
The 2014 Cow-Calf Producer Survey was conducted to identify growth opportunities and challenges in beef cattle production in Iowa. The survey takes an in-depth look at Iowa cow-calf operations regarding current operations, plans for the future, and issues that are the greatest opportunities and obstacles for the state’s cattle sector.

The project was conducted by the Iowa Beef Center, in collaboration with USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
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Iowa Beef Center -- 2014 Feedlot Operator Survey
The 2014 Feedlot Operator Survey was conducted to identify growth opportunities and challenges in beef cattle production in Iowa. The survey takes an in-depth look at Iowa feedlot operations regarding current operations, plans for the future, and issues that are the greatest opportunities and obstacles for the state’s cattle sector.

The project was conducted by the Iowa Beef Center, in collaboration with USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
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Heat Stress in Beef Cattle
Heat stress is a recurring issue for most areas where cattle feeding occurs. Proper planning can provide effective mitigation strategies and minimize death loss during heat events. This publication provides guidance for identifying and managing heat stress in feedlot cattle.
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Pink Eye in Beef Cattle Herds
Pinkeye is a general term used to describe symptoms impacting eye health for cattle, including excessive tearing, conjunctivitis (inflammation of eyelid), photophobia (aversion to light) and corneal ulcers. This publication provides an overview of symptoms, causes, prevention, and treatment.
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Weak Calf Syndrome in Beef Cattle Herds
Weak calf syndrome is a herd problem typically described as calves that are born alive, but lack normal vigor. There are multiple factors contributing to weak calf syndrome during gestation including suboptimal dam nutrition, mineral deficiencies, and infectious diseases. Close observation during calving to identify potential problems and timely intervention can reduce negative impacts on cattle herds.
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An Introduction to Animal Husbandry and Nutrition
This educational document is a collaborative project between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH), Iowa State University to provide a brief introduction of basic animal husbandry and nutrition. This material is intended for readers with little background in livestock production. The information will focus on some customary management and husbandry practices in commercial production facilities for swine, cattle and poultry. In addition, information is included on horses, sheep and goats.
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Trichomoniasis in Beef Cattle
Protect the health of your herd and prevent economic losses by knowing the signs for this reproductive disease of cattle.

Includes prevention and control, transmission, diagnosis procedures, and regulations.
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Ergot Poisoning in Cattle
Know how to recognize the ergot fungus that grows on many seed heads of cereal grains and grasses. Prevent economic loss caused by poisoning of cattle with this fungus.

Includes clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
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Vitamin A Deficiency in Beef Calves
Be able to recognize vitamin A deficiencies in your herd, know the causes, and find out how to prevent the deficiency in the first place.

Includes clinical signs and guidelines for treatment with supplements.
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2014 Driftless Region Beef Conference Proceedings
Cooperative Extension in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin partner to offer the second annual Driftless Region Beef Conference.

The 2014 program focused on one of the most competitive advantages for Driftless Region producers – the interaction and integration of beef cattle and crop production.

Speakers include Jerry Hatfield from the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, Amber Radatz and Mark Riechers from the University of Wisconsin-Discovery Farms Program, and Eric Mousel from the University of Minnesota beef team.
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Nutritional Objectives and Goals - National Program for Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle
Cattle are not 100 percent efficient in converting feed energy to gain. On average 6 percent of ingested energy is eructated as methane. Angus, Charolais, Hereford, Gelbvieh, Red Angus and composite breed cattle were studied for rumen microbiology, nutrient digestibility, diet types, mitochondrial processes and greenhouse gases.
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Initial Genome-Wide Association Study of Feed Intake Related Traits in Beef Cattle | National Program for Genetic Improvements of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle
Improving efficiency of feed utilization in growing cattle can be profitable. A 2014 study showed genomic tests for traits in feed efficiency and bovine respiratory disease, have an economic advantage over routine collection of costly phenotypes. Genetic selection for efficiency remains an untapped source of potential improvement.
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Small Feedlot Runoff Management Using Low-Pressure Flood Irrigation
Find out about better management of runoff from small open feedlots using low-pressure flood irrigation. Photos and text show system design, components, and operation. Also contains several other resources for more information.
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Air Quality in Bedded Mono-Slope Beef Barns
Find research data about gas concentrations and dust associated with bedding, ventilation, and manure handling systems in mono-slope barns. Data were gathered from studies conducted in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.
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Clean Water Diversion for Open Feedlots
Find out about clean water diversion around small open feedlots through pen location, gutters and downspouts for roof areas, and drainage channels for surface water. Photos, text, and tables present details of various systems.
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Settling Basins for Open Feedlots
Consider various designs for settling basins to manage open feedlot runoff. Text, tables, and photos show design and specifications to handle various runoff velocity and storage capacity. Also looks at cleaning access, basin outlets, and other parts of the effluent management system.
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National Program for Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle
A 1 percent improvement in feed efficiency has the same economic impact as a 3 percent increase in rate of gain. This research project seeks to reduce feed inputs required to produce beef through measuring feed intake and feed efficiency in large numbers of cattle. Find out how this works and how it can benefit you as a beef producer.
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Phenotypic Feed Efficiency - National Program for Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle
Feed efficiency is important in the evaluation of potential breeding stock for the beef producer. See how predicted weight gain, dry matter intake, and actual weight gain become parts of an equation to determine feed efficiency and how adjustments are made to remove the age or size differences of the animal when put on test.
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Small Open Beef Feedlots in Iowa -- a producer guide
Find ways to better manage feedlot manure and runoff and assess environmental impact. Includes practices that manage manure nutrients while protecting water quality.

Explains how state and federal regulations apply to open feedlots and gives sources for technical assistance.
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BRaNDS - Missouri Professional Edition
An update to Missouri BRaNDS is forthcoming.
For specific questions regarding Missouri BRaNDS software and its upcoming availability, please contact Garland Dahlke at 515-294-9910 or email: garland@iastate.edu

BRaNDS Professional was developed for the frequent ration developer and consultant.

Included are modules for breeding cows and heifers, growing and breeding age bulls stocker cattle, and feedlot cattle, with numerous enhancements in each module. This edition allows you to evaluate rations for groups ranging in weight and production stages. Added features include: all modules are incorporated into one edition with a shared feed library; capability of multiple feed library storages; added professional ration analysis printouts; least-cost formulation; custom mix module; feedlot projections and total feeding period amounts using formulated rations.

**Requires Excel 97-03 or later editions, including Vista and Microsoft Office 07.
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Maximizing Profitability on Highly Erodible Land in Iowa | Conservation Reserve Program: Issues and Options
Options in grass may be the most profitable for CRP land when the long term cost of erosion is considered. Get the details on six income options: CRP, two rotational grazing options, two crop options (rotational corn/soybean), and alfalfa/orchard grass hay.
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Foot Rot in Beef Cattle
Find the causes of foot rot in beef cattle, as well as first signs, treatment, and prevention measures.
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Stabilized Stream and Pond Access Sites -- A Guide to Managing Pasture Water
Find out what might work for you regarding stabilized stream and pond access sites. Consider characteristics of the site, purposes of the structure, desired length of use, level of investment and availability of labor, and governmental regulations.
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Off-Stream Water, Shade and Nutritional Supplementation to Modify Animal Behavior -- A Guide to Managing Pasture Water
Another way to manage pasture water for positive water quality is to modify animal behavior. Find out about providing off-stream water, shade, and nutritional supplementation.
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Streamside Buffers -- A Guide to Managing Pasture Water
A change in management or buffer establishment will alter dramatically the look and functioning of a riparian zone in just a few years. Find out how.
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The Value of Third-Party Certification Claims at Iowa's Feeder Cattle Auctions
This study reports on data collected at 105 livestock sales in nine auction markets in Iowa from Oct 2005 to February 2006. Among other conclusions, the researchers found that third party certification receives a significantly higher premium than similar uncertified claims.
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Ten Ways to Cut Cattle Feeding Costs - Decisions
This publication includes ten basics for cutting feed costs, including keeping good records, managing feedbunks, and using alternative feedstuffs. Find out what the other seven are.
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Pasture Management Guide for Livestock Producers
This guide provides a general pasture management reference for livestock producers, agriculture advisors, and teachers and students. The color publication covers practices to increase production and returns by improving management of grassland.
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10 Questions About the Phosphorus (P) Index in Iowa -- Solutions for Open Feedlot Operators
Find out details for phosophorus management to keep P out of Iowa lakes and streams.
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Best Environmental Management Practices for Open Feedlots -- Solutions for Open Feedlot Operators
Checklist and discussion for best management practices for open feedlots to minimize impact on nearby soil, water, and air.
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Solutions For Open Feedlot Operators: Developing Whole-Farm Nutrient Plans for Feedlots
Step-by-step guide to match nutrient needs with nutrient production.
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The Iowa Beef Center
This fact sheet is an introduction to the Iowa Beef Center. The center has been developed to enhance the vitality, profitability, and growth of the Iowa beef industry.
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Vegetative Filter Strips for Open Feedlot Runoff Treatment -- Solutions for Open Feedlot Operators
Properly designed and maintained vegetative filter strips provide excellent removal of feedlot runoff contaminants. Find out the research and design details.
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