The Institute for Feed Education & Research (IFEEDER) recently announced its support of the newly released Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle: Eighth Revised Edition (Beef NRC) publication. IFEEDER largely funded the revision, donating $75,000 to the National Academies of Sciences.
The Beef NRC, originally published in 1944, serves as a reference to animal nutritionists, professors and the cattle and feed industries in the development and implementation of nutritional and feeding programs for beef cattle. Since the seventh edition revision in 2000, the industry has undergone tremendous change, initiating the need for an eighth edition.
"Since the last Beef NRC edition, the industry requirements have seen quite a bit of change, and many of the recommendations are obsolete," IFEEDER secretary Richard Sellers said. "The eighth edition offers updated research -- conducted throughout a span of 14 years -- and new information, which IFEEDER believes is vital to share with industry."
The publication now includes information on:
- Phosphorus and sulfur contents;
- Review of nutritional and feeding strategies to minimize nutrient losses in manure and reduce greenhouse gas production;
- Discussion of the effect of feeding on the nutritional quality and food safety of beef;
- New information about nutrient metabolism and utilization;
- New information on feed additives that alter rumen metabolism and post-absorptive metabolism, and
- Potential research areas for the future.
A symposium on the publication will take place July 21 at the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.
IFEEDER was created by the American Feed Industry Assn. in 2009 to support the future of the feed industry as it is challenged to sustain the escalating world population. The IFEEDER foundation broadly represents the feed industry, including representation from academia and experts in science and technology.