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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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Feed is one of the big expenses in cow-calf production, so applying economics to the nutrition plan usually produces a positive response to ranch profits.

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The greatest demand for nutrients (above and beyond maintenance requirements for normal body function) is during lactation.

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As an extension specialist and a nutritionist, I get a couple calls a week from folks who ask, “Hey Doc, will you throw together a ration for me?”

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Beef production costs can be a moving target. With costs of transportation, feed and fertilizer varying as they do, most producers are compelled to do everything possible to manage these costs to maintain profits.

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Have you noticed the trend with the Cattle on Feed reports? It seems these surveys continually report an increase in cattle on feed. Up 4 percent (July Cattle on Feed, 2018) from last year in July 2017 and the highest since reporting started in 1996.

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As summer forage quantity and quality declines in the early fall, many cattle producers begin to think about supplementation options in their operation. This is especially the case for fall-calving systems, as herd nutrient needs increase prior to and just after calving.

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