The Nebraska Beef Reports contain a summary of research conducted by scientists and graduate students in the Animal Science Department. The target audience for these reports are livestock producers, extension educators, and people in agri-business. The articles are written in a format and style with our Nebraska clientele in mind that is easy to read and understand.

2015

2015 Beef Cattle Report (complete)

Statistics Used in the Nebraska Beef Report and Their Purpose

Comparison of Wet or Dry Distillers Grains Plus Solubles to Corn as an Energy Source in Forage-Based Diets, Nerissa A. Ahern, Brandon L. Nuttelman, Terry J. Klopfenstein, James C. MacDonald, and Galen E. Erickson

Genetic Parameter Estimates for Calving Difficulty and Birth Weight in a Multibreed Population, Cashley M. Ahlberg, Larry A. Kuehn, R. Mark Thallman, Stephen D. Kachman, and Matthew L. Spangler

Effect of 300 or 400 mg Daily of Ractopamine Hydrochloride on Growth Performance and Carcass Characteristics of Finishing Steers During the Last 14, 28, or 42 Days, Curtis J. Bittner, Dirk B. Burken, Adam L. Shreck, James C. MacDonald, Galen E. Erickson, and Nathan A. Pyatt

Effects of Next Enhance® Concentrations in Finishing Diets on Performance and Carcass Characteristics of Yearling Feedlot Cattle, Curtis J. Bittner, Galen E. Erickson, Karla H. Jenkins, Matt K. Luebbe, Martin A. Andersen, and Geoff I. Zanton

Response to Increasing Concentrations of De-oiled Modified Distillers Grains Plus Solubles in Beef Feedlot Diets, Meredith L. Bremer, Curtis J. Bittner, Dirk B. Burken, Galen E. Erickson, and Jim C. MacDonald

Feeding Value of De-oiled Wet Distillers Grains Plus Solubles Relative to Normal When Fed with Either Dry-Rolled Corn or Steam-Flaked Corn in Beef Finishing Diets, Meredith L. Bremer, Marie E. Harris, Jake A. Hansen, Karla H. Jenkins, Matthew K. Luebbe, and Galen E. Erickson

Digestibility of De-Oiled Modified Distillers Grains Plus Solubles in Forage-Based Diets, Meredith L. Bremer, Sarah J. Peterson, Adam L. Shreck, Galen E. Erickson, Terry J. Klopfenstein, and Jim C. MacDonald

Evaluation of Rumen Metabolism and Digestibility of Corn Silage and MDGS Finishing Diets, Dirk B. Burken, Shelby E. Gardine, Jana L. Harding, Melissa L. Jolly-Breithaupt, and Galen E. Erickson

The Effects of Corn Price, Shrink, and Harvest Moisture on Corn Silage Economics, Dirk B. Burken, Terry J. Klopfenstein, and Galen E. Erickson

Feeding Elevated Levels of Corn Silage and MDGS in Finishing Diets, Dirk B. Burken, Brandon L. Nuttelman, Curtis J. Bittner, Terry J. Klopfenstein, and Galen E. Erickson

A Basic Mechanism of Beef Tenderization: Feeding Wet Distillers Grains Plus Solubles Contributes to Sarcoplasmic Reticulum Membrane Instability, Michael D. Chao, Katherine I. Domenech, and Chris R. Calkins

Effect of Feeding Distillers Grains and Supplementing with Dietary Antioxidants on Ground Beef Color During Retail Display, Brandy D. Cleveland, Chad G. Bower, Amy L. Redfield, and Gary A. Sullivan

Effect of Feeding Distillers Grains in Different Phases of Production on the Fatty Acid Profile and Oxidation of Frozen, Cooked Beef Links, Brandy D. Cleveland, Amy L. Redfield, James C. MacDonald, Tommi F. Jones, and Gary A. Sullivan

Effect of Corn Residue Removal on Subsequent Crop Yields, Mary E. Drewnoski, L. Aaron Stalker, Jim C. MacDonald, Galen E. Erickson, Kathy J. Hanford, and Terry J. Klopfenstein

Effects of Processing Treated Corn Stover and Distillers Grains on Performance of Growing Cattle, Jana L. Harding, Curtis J. Bittner, Dirk B. Burken, Galen E. Erickson, and Jim C. MacDonald

Effects of Replacing Corn with a Pelleted Treated Corn Stover and Distillers Grains on Performance of Finishing Cattle, Jana L. Harding, Curtis J. Bittner, Dirk B. Burken, Galen E. Erickson, and Jim C. MacDonald

Effects of Replacing Corn with a Pelleted Treated Corn Stover and Distillers Grains on Intake and Total Tract Digestibility of Finishing Diets, Jana L. Harding, Melissa L. Jolly-Breithaupt, Galen E. Erickson, and Jim C. MacDonald

Using Enspira to Improve Fiber Digestion, Jana L. Harding, Adam L. Shreck, Melissa L. Jolly-Breithaupt, Galen E. Erickson, and Jim C. MacDonald

Evaluating Two Rates of Monensin Fed During the Grain Adaptation Period on Cattle Performance and Carcass Characteristics, Marie E. Harris, Galen E. Erickson, Karla H. Jenkins, and Matt K. Luebbe

Effect of Distillers Grains Plus Solubles and Monensin Supplementation on Grazing Steers, Tyler L. Hasenauer, Terry J. Klopfenstein, Jim C. MacDonald, Robby G. Bondurant, and Dirk B. Burken

Effect of Zinc and Copper Source on Finishing Steer Feedlot Performance and Incidence of Footrot, E. Henry Hilscher, Galen E. Erickson, Scott B. Laudert, Robert J. Cooper, Bill D. Dicke, D. J. Jordon, and Tony L. Scott

Effects of Three Aggressive Implant Protocols on Feedlot Performance and Carcass Traits of Calf-Fed Steers, F. Henry Hilscher, Galen E. Erickson, Marshall N. Streeter, Robert J. Cooper, Bill D. Dicke, D. J. Jordon, and Tony L. Scott

Efficacy of Bovatec 2.2 Mineral Blocks for Cattle Grazing Crested Wheatgrass Pastures, Karla H. Jenkins, Jacob A. Hansen, and Matt K. Luebbe

Using Sugar Beet Pulp to Replace Wheat Straw when Limit Feeding Late Gestation Beef Cows, Karla H. Jenkins, Matt K. Luebbe, and Terry J. Klopfenstein

Nutrient Digestibility and Ruminal pH of Finishing Diets Containing Dry Milling Byproducts With and Without Oil Extraction, Melissa L. Jolly-Breithaupt, Adam L. Shreck, Jana L. Harding, Jim C. MacDonald, Terry J. Klopfenstein, and Galen E. Erickson

Comparison of Commercial Lick Tubs to Distillers Grains Supplementation for Calves Grazing Corn Residue, Mandi Jones, Jim C. MacDonald, Galen E. Erickson, Terry J. Klopfenstein, Kathleen R. Brooks, Dirk B. Burken, Robby Bondurant, and Andrea K. Watson

Dried Distillers Grains Supplementation of Calves Grazing Irrigated Corn Residue, Mandi Jones, Jim C. MacDonald, Galen Erickson, Terry J. Klopfenstein, and Robby Bondurant

Evaluation of Changes in Nutritional Quality of Corn Residue Over Time, Mandi Jones, Jim C. MacDonald, Terry J. Klopfenstein, Galen E. Erickson, Keith Glewen, and Andrea K. Watson

Effects of Grazing on Nebraska Sandhills Meadow Forage Nutrient Content, Jared V. Judy, Jacki A. Musgrave, L. Aaron Stalker, Karla H. Jenkins, and Terry J. Klopfenstein

Stocking Rate Effects on Forage Nutrient Composition in Early Summer Pastures, Jared V. Judy, Jacki A. Musgrave, L. Aaron Stalker, Karla H. Jenkins, and Terry J. Klopfenstein

Effect of Diet on the Rumen Microbial Community Composition of Growing Cattle and the Role It Plays in Methane Emissions, Allison L. Knoell, Christopher L. Anderson, Anna C. Pesta, Galen C. Erickson, Terry J. Klopfenstein, and Samodha C. Fernando

The Effects of Source and Amount of Nitrite on Quality Characteristics of All-Beef Frankfurters, Eric Miller, Chad G. Bower, Amy L. Redfield, and Gary A. Sullivan

Effects of Ingestion and Collection Bag Type on Nutrient Composition of Forage Samples from Esophageally Fistulated Cattle, Jacki Musgrave, Jared Judy, Aaron Stalker, Terry Klopfenstein, and Karla Jenkins

Impact of Heifer Development System on Subsequent Gain and Reproduction, Hazy R. Nielson, John D. Harms, Adam F. Summers, Rebecca A. Vraspir, and Rick N. Funston

A Comparison of Two Implant Protocols: Synovex-Choice/Synovex-Plus vs. Synovex-S/Revalor-S on Steer Feedlot Performance and Carcass Characteristics, Hazy R. Nielson, Adam F. Summers, and Rick N. Funston

Effects of Dietary Fat Source and Monensin on Methane Emissions, VFA Profile, and Performance of Finishing Steers, Anna C. Pesta, Andrea K. Watson, Robert G. Bondurant, Samodha C. Fernando, and Galen E. Erickson

Digestibility of Calcium Oxide Treated Corn Residue with De-Oiled Distillers Grains, Sarah J. Peterson, Meredith L. Bremer, Adam L. Shreck, Jim C. MacDonald, and Galen E. Erickson

Effect of Corn Plant Maturity on Yield and Nutrient Quality of Corn Plants, Cassandra A. Row, Adam L. Shreck, Robert G. Bondurant, Curtis J. Bittner, Jana L. Harding, Jim C. MacDonald, Terry J. Klopfenstein, and Galen E. Erickson

Estimation of British- and Continental-Specific Heterosis Effects for Birth, Weaning, and Yearling Weight in Cattle, Lauren N. Schiermiester, R. Mark Thallman, Larry A. Kuehn, and Matthew L. Spangler

Effect of Harvest Method on In Vitro Digestibility of Corn Residues, Janessa J. Updike, Jana L. Harding, Terry J. Klopfenstein, and Jim C. MacDonald

Evaluation of the Impact of an Alternative Corn Residue Harvest Method on Performance and Methane Emissions from Growing Cattle, Janessa J. Updike, Anna C. Pesta, Robert G. Bondurant, Jim C. MacDonald, Samodha Fernando, Galen E. Erickson, and Terry J. Klopfenstein

Effects of Calf Age at Weaning on Cow and Calf Performance and Feed Utilization in an Intensive Production System, Jason M. Warner, Curtis J. Bittner, Karla H. Jenkins, Rick J. Rasby, Matt K. Luebbe, Galen E. Erickson, and Terry J. Klopfenstein

Effect of Post-Weaning Management and Age at Weaning on Calf Growing and Finishing Performance, Jason M. Warner, Curtis J. Bittner, Karla H. Jenkins, Ricky J. Rasby, Terry J. Klopfenstein, and Galen E. Erickson

Supplementing Cow-Calf Pairs Grazing Smooth Bromegrass, Jason M. Warner, Annie J. Doerr, Galen E. Erickson, Rick J. Rasby, and Terry J. Klopfenstein

An Economic Analysis of Conventional and Alternative Cow-Calf Production Systems, Jason M. Warner, Andrea K. Watson, Karla H. Jenkins, Rick J. Rasby, Kate Brooks, and Terry J. Klopfenstein

Mineral Composition of Beef Cattle Carcasses, Andrea K. Watson, Jana L. Harding, Matt P. McCurdy, Matt J. Hersom, Kristin E. Hales, Clint R. Krehbiel, and Galen E. Erickson

Mineral Composition of Serial Slaughter Holstein Carcasses, Andrea K. Watson, Trent J. McEvers, Lee-Anne J. Walter, Nathan D. May, Jacob A. Reed, N. Andy Cole, Ty E. Lawrence, Jim C. MacDonald, and Galen E. Erickson

Anaerobic Digestion of Feedlot Manure, Andrea K. Watson, Adam L. Shreck, Amy M. Schmidt, Terry J. Klopfenstein, and Galen E. Erickson

2014

2014 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report

2014 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report -- Frontmatter & Contents

Differences in Fecal Bacterial Community Composition Between Beef Steers which are High-Shedders and Low-Shedders of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli (STEC), Nirosh D. Aluthge, Yoshitha A. Wanniarachchi, Brandon L. Nuttelman, Cody J. Schneider, Terry J. Klopfenstein, Galen E. Erickson, and Samodha C. Fernando

Effects of Dietary Change on Viral-Bacterial Interactions in the Rumen of Cattle, Christopher L. Anderson, Melissa L. Jolly, Adam L. Shreck, Galen E. Erickson, Terry J. Klopfenstein, and Samodha C. Fernando

Effects of Feeding Next Enhance® in Finishing Diets on Performance and Carcass Characteristics, Curtis J. Bittner, Galen E. Erickson, Karla H. Jenkins, Matt K. Luebbe, and Troy J. Wistuba

Energy Value of De-Oiled Modified Distillers Grains Plus Solubles in a Forage-Based Diet, Meredith L. Bremer, Andrea K. Watson, Dirk B. Burken, Jim C. MacDonald, and Galen E. Erickson

Effect of Feeding Different Types of Byproducts and Concentrations Throughout a Beef Growing System on Ground Beef Color and Lipid Oxidation, Joe O. Buntyn, Brandy D. Cleveland, Amy L. Redfield, Jim C. MacDonald, Galen E. Erickson, Tommi F. Jones, Ty B. Schmidt, and Gary A. Sullivan

Feeding Elevated Levels of Corn Silage and MDGS in Finishing Diets, Dirk B. Burken, Brandon L. Nuttelman, Terry J. Klopfenstein, and Galen E. Erickson

Effect of Natural Antioxidant Concentration on Lipid Oxidation of Ready-to-Eat Ground Beef Links from Cattle Fed Distillers Grains in Different Phases of Production, Brandy D. Cleveland, Joe O. Buntyn, Amy L. Redfield, Jim C. MacDonald, Galen E. Erickson, Tommi F. Jones, Ty B. Schmidt, and Gary A. Sullivan

Lipid Oxidation in Cooked Ground Beef Links from Cattle Fed Distillers Grains in Different Phases of Production, Brandy D. Cleveland, Joe O. Buntyn, Amy L. Redfield, Jim C. MacDonald, Galen E. Erickson, Tommi F. Jones, Ty B. Schmidt, and Gary A. Sullivan

Impact of Feeding Alkaline-Treated Corn Stover at Elevated Amounts in Commercial Feedlot Cattle, Rob Cooper, Bill Dicke, D. J. Jordon, Tony Scott, Casey Macken, and Galen E. Erickson

Shelf Life of Cooked Ground Beef Patties From Cattle Fed Wet Distillers Grains with Solubles, Nathan T. Dierks, Tommi F. Jones, Kimberly A. Varnold, Derek J. Schroeder, Amy L. Redfield, and Gary A. Sullivan

Effect of Feeding De-oiled Wet Distillers Grains Plus Solubles on Beef Fatty Acid Profiles, Katherine I. Domenech, Kim A. Varnold, Michelle E. Semler, Michael D. Chao, Tommi F. Jones, Galen E. Erickson, and Chris R. Calkins

Effect of Feeding De-oiled Wet Distillers Grains Plus Solubles on Beef Oxidation and Tenderness, Katherine I. Domenech, Kim A. Varnold, Michelle E. Semler, Michael D. Chao, Tommi F. Jones, Galen E. Erickson, and Chris R. Calkins

Effect of Winter Supplementation Level on Yearling System Profit Across Economic Scenarios, Kari L. Gillespie, Terry J. Klopfenstein, Jim C. MacDonald, Brandon L. Nuttelman, and Cody J. Schneider

Economics of Distillers Grains Supplementation in a Forage System with Spayed Heifers, Kari L. Gillespie, Terry J. Klopfenstein, Jim C. MacDonald, Brandon L. Nuttelman, Cody J. Schneider, Galen Erickson, and J. D. Volesky

Distillers Grains Supplementation in a Forage System with Spayed Heifers, Kari L. Gillespie, Terry J. Klopfenstein, Jim C. MacDonald, Brandon L. Nuttelman, Cody J. Schneider, Jerry Volesky, and Galen Erickson

Replacement of Grazed Forage and Animal Performance when Distillers Grains are Fed in a Bunk or on the Ground on Summer Range, Kari L. Gillespie, L. Aaron Stalker, Terry J. Klopfenstein, Jerry D. Volesky, and Jacki A. Musgrave

Using Enspira™ to Improve Fiber Digestion, Jana L. Harding, Galen E. Erickson, and Jim C. MacDonald

Effects of Winter Supplementation on Cow Performance and Post-Weaning Management on Steer and Heifer Progeny in a Late Spring Calving System, John D. Harms, Rick N. Funston, L. Aaron Stalker, Jacqueline A. Musgrave, Andrew F. Applegarth, and Adam F. Summers

Evaluating Corn Condensed Distillers Solubles Concentration in Steam-Flaked Corn Finishing Diets on Cattle Performance and Carcass Characteristics, Marie E. Harris, Galen E. Erickson, Karla H. Jenkins, and Matt K. Luebbe

Effect of Distillers Grains Plus Solubles Supplementation on Grazing Cattle Performance, Tyler L. Hasenauer, Terry J. Klopfenstein, Jim MacDonald, Cody J. Schneider, and Dirk B. Burken

Effect of Irrigation Allocation on Perennial Grass Production and Quality, Gary W. Hergert, Karla H. Jenkins, James Margheim, Alex Pavlista, Rex Nielsen, and Murali Darapuneni

Effects of a Terminal Sorting System with Zilpaterol Hydrochloride on Feedlot Steers, F. Henry Hilscher, Dirk B. Burken, Brandon L. Nuttelman, Galen E. Erickson, Kathy Hanford, Kyle J. Vander Pol, and John P. Hutcheson

Effects of Increasing Inclusion of Wet Distillers Grains Plus Solubles With and Without Oil Extraction on Finishing Performance, Melissa L. Jolly, Brandon L. Nuttelman, Dirk Burken, Cody J. Schneider, Terry J. Klopfenstein, and Galen E. Erickson

Effect of Distillers Grains Supplementation on Calves Grazing Irrigated or Non-Irrigated Corn Residue, Mandi Jones, Jim C. MacDonald, Galen Erickson, Terry J. Klopfenstein, and Andrea K. Watson

Effects of Grazing on Nebraska Sandhills Meadow Forage Nutrient Content, Jared V. Judy, Jacki A. Musgrave, L. Aaron Stalker, Karla H. Jenkins, and Terry J. Klopfenstein

Evaluation of Genomic Predictors for Red Angus Cattle, Stephen D. Kachman and Matthew L. Spangler

Optimal Marketing Date of Steers Depends on Marketing Strategy, Jim C. MacDonald, Cody J. Schneider, Kelsey M. Rolfe, Stephen D. Kachman, Terry J. Klopfenstein, and Galen E. Erickson

Follicular Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A Expression Before and After the LH Surge, Renee M. McFee, Robin A. Artac, Adam F. Summers, William E. Pohlmeier, Vanessa M. Brauer, Scott G. Kurz, Robert A. Cushman, Jennifer R. Wood, and Andrea S. Cupp

Effects of Forage Quality, MDGS, and Monensin on Performance, Methane Concentration, and Ruminal Fermentation of Growing Cattle, Anna C. Pesta, Andrea K. Watson, Samodha Fernando, and Galen E. Erickson

Use of Treated Corn Residues in Growing Diets, Sarah J. Peterson, Dirk B. Burken, Jim C. MacDonald, and Galen E. Erickson

Use of a Pelleted Corn Residue Complete Feed in Receiving Diets, Sarah J. Peterson, Brandon L. Nuttelman, Dirk B. Burken, Jim C. MacDonald, Matt K. Luebbe, and Galen E. Erickson

Optimum Inclusion of Alkaline-Treated Cornstalks and Distillers Grains Fed to Calf-fed Steers, Sarah J. Peterson, Brandon L. Nuttelman, Cody J. Schneider, Dirk B. Burken, Jim C. MacDonald, and Galen E. Erickson

Transitioning Cattle from RAMP® to a Finishing Diet on Feedlot Performance and Feed Intake Variance, Cody J. Schneider, Brandon L. Nuttelman, Dirk B. Burken, Terry J. Klopfenstein, and Galen E. Erickson

Transitioning Cattle from RAMP® to a Finishing Diet on Feed Intake and Ruminal pH, Cody J. Schneider, Adam L. Shreck, Terry J. Klopfenstein, and Galen E. Erickson

Nutrient and Tenderness Differences of Beef from Heifers Due to Mutation of the Myostatin Genehypothesized, Michelle E. Semler, Chris R. Calkins, and Galen E. Erickson

Vein Steak Differences in Strip Loins of Heifers Due to Mutation of the Myostatin Gene, Michelle E. Semler, Chris R. Calkins, and Galen E. Erickson

Alkaline Treated Wheat Straw or Corn Stover Fed to Growing Calves, Adam L. Shreck, Brandon L. Nuttelman, Cody J. Schneider, Dirk B. Burken, Casey N. Macken, William A. Griffin, Galen E. Erickson, and Terry J. Klopfenstein

Effects of Feeding Distillers Grains in a Yearling Beef System on Meat Quality, Kelby M. Sudbeck, Kimberly A. Varnold, Jim C. MacDonald, Chris R. Calkins, and Galen E. Erickson

Preconception Distillers Grains Supplementation Improves Mature Beef Cow Return to Estrous, Adam F. Summers, Daniel M. Larson, and Andrea S. Cupp

Impact of Supplemental Protein Source on Pregnant Beef Heifers, Adam F. Summers, T. L. Meyer, Michael F. Kirby, Jim R. Teichert, and Rick N. Funston

Androgen Excess in Beef Cows Results in Altered Theca Cell Gene Expression and Fertilityand, Adam F. Summers, William E. Pohlmeier, Vanessa M. Brauer, Kevin M. Sargent, Renee M. McFee, Scott G. Kurz, Robert A. Cushman, Jennifer R. Wood, and Andrea S. Cupp

Dryland Cover Crops as a Grazing Option for Beef Cattle, Alex H. Titlow, Jake A. Hansen, Matt K. Luebbe, Terry J. Klopfenstein, and Karla H. Jenkins

Statistics Used in the Nebraska Beef Report and Their Purpose, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Effects of Diet and Cooler Aging on Consumer Panel Scores for Beef, Kimberly A. Varnold, Chris R. Calkins, Rhonda K. Miller, and Galen E. Erickson

The Effects of Diet and Cooler Aging on Specific Flavor Notes in Beef, Kimberly A. Varnold, Chris R. Calkins, Rhonda K. Miller, and Galen E. Erickson

Grass Type, Grazing Supplementation, and Finishing Diets Affect Beef Fatty Acids, Kimberly A. Varnold, Chris R. Calkins, Brandon L. Nuttelman, Lasika S. Senaratne-Lenagala, Tommi F. Jones, Timothy P. Carr, and Galen E. Erickson

The Effects of Diet on the Biochemical Constituents of Beef, Kimberly A. Varnold, Chris R. Calkins, Brandon L. Nuttelman, Lasika S. Senaratne-Lenagala, Justine J. Stevenson, Michelle E. Semler, Michael D. Chao, Tommi F. Jones, and Galen E. Erickson

Comparison of Long-term Progestin-Based Synchronization Protocols on Fixed-time AI Pregnancy Rate in Beef Heifers, Rebecca A. Vraspir, Adam F. Summers, Doug O'Hare, Larry D. Rowden, and Rick N. Funston