News Feed
Highlights of the 2022 Spring edition of The News Feed include a closer look at the impact of feed bunk management on new feedlot arrivals. Starting cattle on feed is one of the most important phases of finishing cattle. The transition from a high-fibre, low-energy diet to a low-fibre, high-energy ration requires time and a set protocol to be followed. This is best described as a series of step-up rations where the fibre and energy components of the ration change gradually over a period of time to properly transition the rumen to a high-energy diet. Developing routine standards to identify those practices is essential to the success of starting various groups of cattle arriving in the feedlot. The Spring edition also features an update on the Beef Market Development Program. Despite the impact of COVID-19 on the food industry, Ontario beef made some significant gains in the marketplace last year. According to figures from the Program, Ontario beef exports increased by 19 per cent in volume and 27.5 per cent in value from January to November. Of note, exports to Japan jumped by 17.5 per cent in value and 29 per cent in volume. Meanwhile, the Ontario Corn Fed Beef Program continues to see growth. Last year, 330,577 head of cattle were certified under the Ontario Corn Fed Beef Quality Assurance Program. The number represents an 18 per cent increase over the past five years and 123 per cent over the past 10 years. For these stories and more, click on the following link: Spring_2022_NewsFeed