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Showcase to spotlight feed efficiency trials

By Staff | May 26, 2016

AMES (IBC) – A culmination of five years of extensive research through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national feed efficiency in beef cattle will be on display from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Iowa State university Beef Nutrition Farm, 3405 North Dakota Ave., Ames.

According to Iowa Beef Center director Dan Loy, “Iowa State is one of the 11 universities involved in this USDA project that has genotyped and phenotyped more than 8,000 head of cattle from nine breeds across the nation.

“We’re hosting a showcase highlighting several outcomes of the research.”

The farm is five miles northwest of the ISU campus. Attendees can view multiple ongoing feed trials and learn how selection tools from the USDA grant are being applied to real-world feedlot production.

Patrick Wall, an ISU Extension beef program specialist, said one trial will be of special interest to those wanting to learn more about expected progeny differences, or EPDs.

“One of the featured trials,” Wall said, “is testing the American Hereford Association’s new Feed Intake EPD, specifically to see if feedlot managers can potentially use a sire’s EPD for intake to enhance the management and ultimate profitability of a pen of cattle.

“The program will highlight a Residual Feed Intake test of Limousin cattle, trace mineral interactions on a group of purebred Red Angus, and a zinc metabolism study on Angus genetics.”

A steak sandwich dinner will conclude the event at the Hansen Student Learning Center in Ames. There’s no cost to attend, but attendees are asked to preregister by June 6 to ensure an adequate meal count.

Preregister by calling Wall at (515) 450-7665 or email him at patwall@iastate.edu.

For additional details on the program schedule, see the program flier.

Additional information for the nationwide USDA grant project is available at www.beefefficiency.org.

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