Back to Basics: Ruminant Digestive System

This will be a series of posts that will discuss some basic information about beef cattle production that would apply to anyone raising beef. The first post in the series will focus on the ruminant digestive system. The unique digestive system of cattle allows them to digest feeds other livestock cannot, however it is also responsible for reduced feed efficiency compared to other livestock species such as poultry or swine. In order to understand how we may improve feed efficiency and reduce feed costs, it is important to understand how the digestive system works.

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Solving the efficiency puzzle: Are we missing something?

Note: An article which well describes some of limitations of using RFI indexes for selection for feed efficiency, so re-posted here for your information.
By SCOTT LAKE Beef Cattle Extension Specialist and GARY MOSS Professor University of Wyoming
There has been a tremendous buzz throughout the beef industry the last few years and the buzz is “efficiency”. Almost every symposium and popular press publication has at least one talk or article about efficiency.

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