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Effects of Dietary Sulfur Concentration on Carcass Quality, Performance and Mineral Status of Beef Cattle
Animal Industry Report
  • Erin Richter, Iowa State University
  • Mary Drewnoski, Iowa State University
  • Stephanie L. Hansen, Iowa State University
Extension Number
ASL R2589
Publication Date
2011
Disciplines
Topic
Beef
Summary and Implications

Sulfur (S) is an essential element in ruminant diets, but it can be toxic at high levels. Sulfur also interacts with other minerals in the diet such as copper (Cu), impacting the status of the animal. This study utilized 96 crossbred yearling steers fed a low sulfur diet (LS, 0.3% S) or the LS diet with additional S from sodium sulfate creating a high S diet (0.6% S, HS) to determine the effects of S concentration on performance, carcass quality, and mineral status. High S decreased gains and Cu and magnesium (Mg) status. Decreased gains may result in more days on feed to finish cattle when feeds high in S are used. Dietary S impacts on mineral status may also further impact animal health.

Copyright Holder
Iowa State University
Language
en
Citation Information
Erin Richter, Mary Drewnoski and Stephanie L. Hansen. "Effects of Dietary Sulfur Concentration on Carcass Quality, Performance and Mineral Status of Beef Cattle" (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/stephanie_hansen/11/