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Feed & Nutrition

Learn about all aspects of cattle nutrition from harvest and storage to balancing rations with forage, byproducts and supplements.

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We often see ads promoting the benefits of probiotics in a variety of products targeted toward humans and animals. However, ads typically generalize the benefits of probiotics – intertwining nutrition and managing health as research shows how changing diet can have major health benefits.

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Despite major differences in cattle production nationally, there’s one thing I’m comfortable generalizing: Cattle producers do not have an abundance of time, labor or resources.

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Just as cattle genetics and management practices have advanced over the last few generations, nutritional knowledge and practices have also evolved. These developments have allowed calves to continually improve, meeting the increasing demands of cattle producers and consumers alike.

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Cow-calf producers often simply view creep feeding as a way to increase calf weaning weights beyond what can be produced with mother’s milk and available forage. However, the benefits of creep feeding can reach well beyond weaning weight and are summarized below:

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Historically, alfalfa growers have had to choose between high-quality or high-tonnage forage. They’ve had to make difficult choices between quality and quantity.

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It’s late summer, we’ve experienced a wet spring and moderate rainfall in the summer, grass finally seems to be adequate, and we have plenty of pasture space available for our pairs. I’ll be taking my pairs to stalks late fall based on how this weather pattern looks, and I’m sitting horseback wondering if I really need to creep feed this year.

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