Iowa Beef Center Offers Newly Revised BRaNDS Software

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AMES, Iowa – Beef producers who are interested in software to help with balancing rations will want to check out the Iowa Beef Center’s newly updated Beef Ration and Nutrition Decision Software (BRaNDS) ration balancing software. Association scientist Garland Dahlke recently completed this update and said the new version is more user friendly and now reflects the updated guidelines in the recently released "Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle."

"This software will continue to be provided in both Standard and Professional versions," he said. "For those who already have the existing professional edition, the update will be $50; otherwise, the cost is $525 for new users. For those who have the standard edition, the update is $10 per module, and the complete standard edition will be sold to new customers for $260."

Dahlke said users should note that the professional version now requires Microsoft Excel 2007 or later installed on a Windows-based computer to operate. The Standard Edition will operate on both Windows and Mac systems running MS Excel.

"Whether you are a new user or are upgrading your old version, remember that program support is just a phone call or email message away," Dahlke said. "You can call the Iowa Beef Center at 515-294-2333 or email us at"

To order, pay for and download your desired version, go to the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach online store here
Customers who are updating from a previous version should be sure to indicate that in the customer request space on the order shipping page to receive the much lower update price. This will be validated with your name and email. Those who prefer to order a program CD rather than electronically download the program should call the Extension Distribution Store at 515-294-5247.


The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit

Garland Dahlke, IBC assistant scientist, 515-294-9910,

Sherry Hoyer, Iowa Beef Center, 515-294-4496,


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