Department of Animal Science


Date of this Version



Published in 2013 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report.


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Cattle were transitioned from RAMP to a finishing diet over 27 or 28 days by decreasing RAMP (100 to 0%) and increasing finisher (0 to 100%) gradually over 4 steps or rapidly in fewer days and with fewer steps. Following adaptation, cattle were fed a common diet until slaughter. Grain adaptation treatment did not affect performance or carcass characteristics. Cattle can transition from RAMP to a finishing ration containing 47.5% Sweet Bran® in fewer days with fewer step diets without negatively affecting performance compared to more gradual transition from RAMP to a finishing diet.