Department of Animal Science


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Published in 2013 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report.


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Performance of newly arrived 570 lb. steer calves fed RAMP or a control ration was evaluated in two trials completed in 2010 and 2011. Treatment diets were fed for an average of 31 days in year1 and 24 days in year 2. Diets included a control receiving diet consisting of alfalfa hay, Sweet Bran®, dry rolled corn, and supplement or RAMP which is a complete starter ration containing a high level of Sweet Bran and a minimal amount of forage. Across both years, RAMP improved F:G but was due to increased ADG in year 1 and decreased DMI in year 2. Feeding RAMP to newly arrived calves improved feed efficiency the first three weeks cattle were in the feedlot.