Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo is a Professor and Extension Animal Scientist in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota. Dr. DiCostanzo has responsibilities for state-wide programming in beef cattle nutrition and management. He has been with the University of Minnesota Extension Service for 24 years. His programs focus on researching, developing and disseminating strategic nutrition and management interventions that enhance beef cattle production and economic efficiency. Specific areas of research and extension programming are: evaluation of distillers grains nutrient characteristics and handling, distillers inclusion strategies, feedlot facilities and facilities management, fine-tuning nutrient requirements for growth and reproduction to enhance production efficiency, preparing and marketing feeder calves for sale, effects of pre-weaning and backgrounding strategies on feedlot performance and carcass traits.