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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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When working with producers, one of the biggest problems or concerns that I hear is the lack of good help. This problem with labor has become glaringly obvious not just in the agriculture sector, but in general – good help is hard to find. On top of the difficulty in finding good help is a shortage of time. I can’t say I’ve ever heard of anyone in agriculture say they have too much time on their hands.

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Cow-calf producers understand the importance of colostrum in calf health and performance, but the roles vitamin A and E play in colostrum quality are less known.

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At its core, the beef cattle industry is tasked with one thing: producing pounds of beef. And while this sounds overly simplistic, we have to remember: The growth, improvement and profitability of the cattle industry depends on producing a quality food product as efficiently as possible.

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Cow nutrition during pre-calving and the 100 days post-calving is the single-most important factor in producing a healthy calf.

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Recently, renewed interest has been expressed regarding finding efficient beef cattle to fit a rangeland environment.

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With the drought of 2012, beef cow numbers in the U.S. dipped to their lowest since the 1980s. Fewer mama cows meant fewer calves produced.

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