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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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Use these tips to decide if a colostrum replacer is right for you

Protecting this year’s calf crop from the start has never been more important.

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The 2011 drought and continued lack of rain during 2012 in many regions of the country have caused cow-calf producers to scramble for sources of harvested forage.

In areas where there is nothing in pastures to graze, feeding is required the entire year to maintain animal condition.

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During the winter months, spring-calving beef cows are in mid-gestation. This is the stage of production when cows have their lowest nutrient requirements.

However, even though the cows’ requirements are relatively low during this time of year, there are still a few factors that demand special attention during winter.

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The quality of hay fed to a beef heifer the next 60 days of winter will determine the vigor of her calf to be born next spring—and whether she can rebreed to calve the next year.

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Good nutrition for the entire herd is a key factor in producing high-value calves.

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Minerals are essential nutrients. Sodium, chlorine and potassium help maintain fluid balances in the body and blood.

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