Feed Efficiency in the Beef Industry

Feed Efficiency in the Beef Industry

Editor(s): Rodney A. Hill

Published Online: 10 JUL 2012 10:04AM EST

Print ISBN: 9780470959527

Online ISBN: 9781118392331

DOI: 10.1002/9781118392331

About this Book

Feed Efficiency in the Beef Industry provides a thorough and concise overview of feed efficiency in beef cattle.  It frames the great importance of feed efficiency to the industry and details the latest findings of the many scientific disciplines that intersect and aim to improve efficient and sustainable production of nutritious beef. The vast majority of production costs are directly tied to feed. With increased demand for grains to feed a rapidly increasing world population and to supply a new demand for alternative fuels, feed costs continue to increase. In recent years, the negative environmental impacts of inefficient feeding have also been realized; as such feed efficiency is an important factor in both economic viability and environmental sustainability of cattle production.

Feed Efficiency in the Beef Industry covers a broad range of topics ranging from economic evaluation of feed efficiency to the physiological and genetic bases of efficient conversion of feed to high quality beef. Chapters also look at how a fuller understanding of feed efficiency is leading to new selective breeding efforts to develop more efficient cattle.

With wide-ranging coverage from leading international researchers, Feed Efficiency will be a valuable resource for producers who wish to understand the complexities, challenges, and opportunities to reduce their cost of production, for students studying the topic and for researchers and professionals working in the beef industry.

Table of contents

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    2. Chapter 3

      Producer Awareness and Perceptions about Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle (pages 29–46)

      J. D. Wulfhorst, Stephanie Kane, Jason K. Ahola, John B. Hall and Rodney A. Hill

    3. Chapter 9

      Interactions with Other Traits: Reproduction and Fertility (pages 123–144)

      John A. Basarab, Carolyn Fitzsimmons, C. Scott Whisnant and Robert P. Wettemann

    4. Chapter 13

      Epigenetics and Effects on the Neonate That May Impact Feed Efficiency (pages 199–223)

      Allison M. Meyer, Joel S. Caton, Bret W. Hess, Stephen P. Ford and Lawrence P. Reynolds

    5. Chapter 14

      Hormonal Regulation of Feed Efficiency (pages 225–250)

      Michael E. Davis, Macdonald P. Wick and Martin G. Maquivar

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