Health and performance resources.

From the biology of rumen health to the practical concerns of feedlot management, you’ll find here a range of educational resources that fully explore the research, science and field experience behind the development and use of Sweet Bran and RAMP.

Videos

Rumen Function and Health

Importance of the Rumen

Digestive System Overview

Imbalanced Rumen

Rumen Health and pH

Rumen pH and Acidosis

External Signs of Animal Health

Rumen Health and Performance

VFA Types and Functions

Healthy Rumen and VFAs

Types and Function of VFAs

How VFAs are used for energy

Sweet Bran & RAMP

Sweet Bran and RAMP Overview

Benefits of Sweet Bran and RAMP

Origin of RAMP

Origin of Sweet Bran

Designing out Frustrations

RAMP Benefits

Sweet Bran Benefits

Energy Intake and Utilization

More Energy for Greater Performance

Articles

The Value of Consistency for the Rumen

July 28, 2020

Cattle like consistency. They like consistency in the weather, feed sources, time of feed delivery, etc. These factors and more can affect cattle negatively when variation is introduced – throwing them out of their routine and hindering performanc...

Mycotoxins in Ruminants

July 28, 2020

What are mycotoxins and why do they matter? Fungi and mold can grow and proliferate in grains, silages, and other animal feed products either when plants are stressed, or during unsatisfactory growing conditions. While mold, in itself, can reduce the...

The Value of Consistent Quality

July 23, 2020

 Sweet Bran, RAMP and OneTrak include unique promises of brand value. One of these promises is the consistent quality of every shipment. Our quality process starts early, before any product is manufactured, and continues through every load we ship...

Unexpected Innovation and Market ‘Norms’

July 23, 2020

 Innovation is a result of how we see the world around us and how we perceive problems needing a solution. Some forms of innovation are unexpected because the market being served was not demanding a solution. One example of this is the invention of...

Sweet Bran® Farm to Table program helps customers, employees...

July 23, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it depressed market prices, shifts in consumer demand and supply chain challenges.

"It’s now part of the challenge of feeding cattle day in and day out. It’s tough because it’s really out of our control...

Research Papers

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Acidosis

Feeding Wet Corn Gluten Feed to Reduce Subacute Acidosis in Cattle. Krehbiel et al, 1995
Effect of Rapid or Gradual Grain Adaptation on Subacute Acidosis and Feed Intake by Feedlot Cattle. Bevans et al, 2005
Effects of Imposed Feed Intake Variation on Acidosis and Performance of Finishing Steers. Cooper et al, 1999
Acidosis, Rate of Starch Digestion and Intake. R. A. Britton and R. A. Stock
The Effects of Dietary Adaptation Programs on Feedlot Cattle Performance and Evaluation of Ruminal Monitoring Devices in an Acidosis Challenge.
Acidosis. Beef Cattle Handbook. Stock et al
Acidosis in cattle: a review. Owens et al, 1998
Nutritionally related disorders affecting feedlot cattle. Galyean et al, 2002

Bunk Management

The Impact of Feed Intake and Feeding Behaviour of Cattle on Feedlot and Feedbunk Management. D. J. Gibb and T. A. McAllister
Iowa Beef Center Feed Bunk Management. Lundy et al, 2015
Bunk Management. Dr. Robbi H. Pritchard

Feed and Energy Intake

The Impact of Feed Intake and Feeding Behaviour of Cattle on Feedlot and Feedbunk Management. D. J. Gibb and T. A. McAllister
Formulation of Ruminant Diets Using By-Product Ingredients on the Basis of Fermantable and Nonstructural Carbohydrates. Michael L. Thonney and Douglas E. Hogue
Acidosis, Rate of Starch Digestion and Intake. R. A. Britton and R. A. Stock
Evaluating the Effects of Diet Energy Density on Hereford Steer Performance with Differing Genetic Potential for Dry Matter Intake. Lundy et al, 2017
Plains Nutrition Council Spring Conference. 2010
Feed Intake in Feedlot Cattle. Barry Robinson and Erasmus Okine

Other

Starch Digestion and Glucose Metabolism in the Ruminant: A Review. Cerrilla et al, 2003.
The Cow’s Digestive System. Whitney Rounds and Dennis B. Herd
Formulation of Ruminant Diets Using By-Product Ingredients on the Basis of Fermantable and Nonstructural Carbohydrates. Michael L. Thonney and Douglas E. Hogue
Corn Grain Processing and Digestion. Fred Owens
Interaction of Grain Co-Products with Grain Processing: Associative Effects and Management. Cole et al
Site of Starch Digestion: Impact on Energetic Efficiency and Glucose Metabolism in Beef and Dairy Cattle. McLeod et al
Ruminal and Postruminal Starch Digestion by Cattle. Fred Owens and Steve Soderlund

RAMP

Effects of RAMP™ on Feed Intake and Ruminal pH During Adaptation to Finishing Diets. Schneider et al, 2012
Complete-Feed Diet RAMP™ in Grain Adaptation Programs. Schneider et al, 2012
Case Study: Grain Adaptation of Yearling Steers to Steam-Flaked Corn-Based Diets Using a Complete Starter Feed. Buttrey et al, 2012
Complete-Feed Diet RAMP™ in Grain Adaptation Programs. Schneider et al, 2012

Rumen Degradable Protein

Effects of Virginiamycin and Monensin Plus Tylosin on Ruminal Protein Metabolism in Steers Fed Corn-Based Finishing Diets With or Without Wet Corn Gluten Feed.
Effects of the Proportion of Supplemental Dietary Crude Protein Supplied by Urea on Performance and Carcass Characteristics of Finishing Beef Cattle
Effects of Corn Processing Method and Protein Concentration in Finishing Diets Containing Wet Corn Gluten Feed on Cattle Performance. Macken et al, 2006
Optimal Wet Corn Gluten and Protein Levels in Steam-Flaked Corn-Based Finishing Diets for Steer Calves. Block et al, 2005
Influence of Ruminal Degradable Intake Protein Restriction on Characteristics of Digestion and Growth Performance of Feedlot Cattle
Need for Ruminally Degraded Nitrogen by Finishing Cattle Fed Processed Grains. Mike Brown

Ruminant Energy-VFA Production

Nutrient Absorption and Utilization in Ruminants. R. Bowen, 2009
Dietary Factors Affecting Volatile Fatty Acid Production in the Rumen. Ned Smith Raun, 1961

Starting Feedlot Cattle

Effect of Rapid or Gradual Grain Adaptation on Subacute Acidosis and Feed Intake by Feedlot Cattle. Bevans et al, 2005
The Effects of Dietary Adaptation Programs on Feedlot Cattle Performance and Evaluation of Ruminal Monitoring Devices in an Acidosis Challenge.
Complete-Feed Diet RAMP™ in Grain Adaptation Programs. Schneider et al, 2012
Grain Processing Effects on Management: Adaptation Diets. Krehbiel et al
Beef Cattle Research Update. Britt Hicks, 2010

Sweet Bran DRC HMC

A Review of Research on Distillers Grains and Corn Gluten. 2005
Grain Processing and Byproduct Interactions – An Industry Perspective. Robert J. Cooper
Utilization of Corn Co-Products in the Beef Industry. Erickson et al, 2007
Effect of Feeding Combinations of Wet Distillers Grains and Wet Corn Gluten Feed to Feedlot Cattle. Loza et al, 2010
Corn Processing Method in Finishing Diets Containing Wet Corn Gluten Feed. Scott et al, 2003
Ethanol Byproducts Use for Feedlot Cattle. Erickson et al, 2009
Performance and Digestibility Characteristics of Finishing Diets Containing Distillers Grains, Composites of Corn Processing Coproducts...

Sweet Bran SFC

Wet Corn Gluten Feed Levels for Steam-Flaked Corn Based Finishing Diets. Macken et al, 2003
The Effect of Sweet Bran® on the Profitability of Finishing Cattle in Cattle Town Feeders LTD. 2004
Corn Processing Method in Finishing Diets Containing Wet Corn Gluten Feed. Scott et al, 2003
Optimal Wet Corn Gluten and Protein Levels in Steam-Flaked Corn-Based Finishing Diets for Steer Calves. Block et al, 2005
Effects of Concentration and Composition of Wet Corn Gluten Feed in Steam-Flaked Corn-Based Finishing Diets. Macken et al, 2004
Effects of Wet Corn Gluten Feed and Roughage Levels on Performance, Carcass Characteristics, and Feeding Behavior of Feedlot Cattle. Parson et al, 2007
Grain Processing and Byproduct Interactions – An Industry Perspective. Robert J. Cooper