Why Cattle Implants Pay
Implants are a great investment technology for cattle producers with one of the highest returns on investment.
How do implants work, and how do they actually pay off in the long run?
How Implants Work
Implants are small pellets inserted into the ear of a calf that slowly release a growth stimulant to help increase growth factors. These pellets help cattle utilize nutrients from their feed more efficiently, resulting in faster growth and improved muscle development (more lean muscle).
There are two different types of hormones used in beef cattle implants:
Naturally occurring hormones
Naturally occurring hormones include:
Synthetic hormones include:
Zeranol mimics estradiol and trenbolone acetate mimics testosterone.
How Implants Pay
Implants have a very solid ROI. On average, producers can expect daily gain increases of 15-20% in the feedlot, and using an implant containing both estrogen and androgen improves feed efficiency by 6-14%.(1)
While the use of implants can reduce marbling scores, they can increase ribeye area by 3-4%. Overall carcass weight at harvest also increases when an implant is present.(1)
When it's time to design your implant program, it's helpful to consult with a professional. They’ll be able to help you maximize the benefits of an implant program, minimize the negative effects and help you meet your marketing goals.
Growth-promoting implants are approved and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Beef from cattle that have been implanted have similar estrogen levels as beef from non-implanted cattle.
This chart from Texas A&M University shows estrogenic activity in a variety of foods. For scale, a nanogram is the equivalent of one blade of grass on an entire football field.
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If you're ready to shop implants to increase ROI for your herd, the FBN Direct Animal Health store offers a wide range of implants from manufacturers including Elanco, Merck and Zoetis.
With a broad variety of key animal health supplies, an easy online checkout process and direct-to-farm shipping, FBN Direct has the products you need to maximize your ROI and keep your livestock operation running smoothly.
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