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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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An unfortunate part of cattle production is the fact that from time to time death losses occur. The list of reasons is long and varied.

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Corn silage can be an economical feedstuff in finishing diets, especially when corn prices are high.

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Many publications on pregnant cow nutrition note the changing nutrient demands during pregnancy, calving and lactation.

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Fall is in the air, and if you have a spring-calving herd, you are either smack-dab in the middle of weaning calves, have dates set in the near future or already have bawling calves in the pens.

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In the cattle business, there are few things as rewarding as getting weaned calves and newly arrived feeder cattle off to a good start. The first 30–45 days after weaning and/or commingling can set the tone for calves’ lifelong health, performance and profitability. Whether calves are destined to be herd replacements or feeder cattle, they should all be provided with feed that helps them build strong immune systems and grow at a pace that will enhance their production for their entire lives.

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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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