Department of Animal Science


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Published in 2012 Beef Cattle Report (2012) p. 85-86. Copyright © 2012 The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska.


Cattle were adapted to a common finishing diet over 22 days by decreasing RAMP (100 to 0%) and increasing finisher (0 to 100%) either as a blend in a traditional grain adaptation system or a two-ration program. The control treatment decreased alfalfa hay inclusion (45 to 7.5%) while corn inclusion increased. Steers adapted using RAMP were more efficient than traditionally adapted cattle. Using RAMP as an ingredient improved ADG compared to the traditional grain adaptation program.