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Understanding Feed Intake

September 26, 2012

Weekly ag colum by Mike Boersma County Extension Educator with the U of M Extension Service in Murray and Pipestone Counties
Many beef producers will be placing calves on feed in the coming weeks. And, inevitably, many of these cattle feeders will find that their calves seem to be eating considerably more or considerably less than they had anticipated. But, why are calves' feed intakes so unpredictable at times? Following are a few factors that commonly affect feed intake:

Physiological Factors. Body composition can affect feed intake. In a 1988 study, Fox et al. suggested that feed intake decreases by 2.7 percent for every one percent increase in body fat from 21.3 percent to 31.5 percent body fat. Therefore, animals with a greater percentage of body fat may have lower feed intake at a given weight.

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