Department of Animal Science


Date of this Version



2014 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report, UNL Extension MP99, pp. 78-80.


Copyright © 2014 University of Nebraska.


Individually fed cattle were adapted to high grain diets with a traditional grain adaptation program or one of two RAMP® adaptation programs. RAMP programs adapted cattle to a finishing diet gradually over 28 days in four steps or directly without an adaptation. Feed intake variance among d was greater for traditionally adapted cattle compared to either RAMP program, but DMI was not different during the adaptation period. Over the 138-day period, feedlot performance and carcass traits were not affected by adaptation treatment. Cattle fed RAMP for 10 days can be transitioned to a finishing ration containing 47.5% Sweet Bran® abruptly without affecting performance.