Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle
Expensive grasslands demand efficient utilization of forages. Supplemental feeding and complete feeding programs must be designed to meet the nutrient needs of beef cattle and at the same time make the most of the available feed resources. Nutrient requirements of cattle change with age, stage of production, sex, breed, environmental conditions and basal diet quality and amount. Therefore, gaining knowledge of nutrient requirements and the factors influencing these requirements is a necessary first step to designing a nutrition program that is both efficient and cost effective. This section will discuss the protein, energy, mineral and vitamin requirements of beef cattle. In addition, tables of nutrient requirements are provided.