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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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One of the most common questions we get during this time of year is whether or not to temporarily increase feed levels for the cowherd, and if so, by how much.

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Effective trace mineral supplementation of ruminants during critical periods can increase the efficiency of production. Poor immuno-competence, poor reproduction efficiency, lack of calf vitality (ill thrift) and other poor to sub-optimal trace element-dependent functions in ruminants frequently occur.

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It is generally accepted that adequate supervision at calving has a significant positive effect on reducing calf mortality, which has been of increasing importance with the use of larger beef breeds and cattle with larger birth weights.

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Before calving season starts, you should have a plan ready to maximize weight gains for suckling calves and increase dollars on sale day.

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Usually when we discuss protein in beef cattle diets, the discussion doesn’t go much further than looking at the crude protein content of the feed and ensuring sufficient non-protein nitrogen and rumen- degradable true protein is available to meet the requirements of the rumen microbes.

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Wanted: One young female bovine that can produce a heavy weaned calf, can rebreed within 80 days of calving, can maintain a body condition score of 5 or more on minimal feed, is easy to handle and stays in all the fences.

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