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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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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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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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Good nutritional status is an important factor for quality of life and health of all living things, including cattle. Yet, because many of the signs of poor nutrition are subclinical, they are often overlooked.

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Stockers and backgrounders are growing cattle in the truest sense. Here, the animal uses much of its energy to gain weight and strengthen its immune system against disease challenges.

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