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Horse Q&A: Amount and Type of Feed

2019-02-13T08:40:48-06:00July 10th, 2012|Articles|

Am I feeding enough of the right type of feed? Since most people feed by the "scoop" rather than by weight, if is often easy to overestimate the amount of feed you are providing.  Weighing out your feed will help.  Additionally, be sure to consult the feeding directions on the back of the bag.  Most feeds are formulated [...]

Horse Q&A: Feed Concentrate

2019-02-13T08:41:09-06:00July 6th, 2012|Articles|

Am I feeding the right type of concentrate for my horses' lifestage and lifestyle? Horses in different stages of life and with different levels of activity will have different nutrient and caloric requirements. Choosing a feed to fit your horses' lifestage and lifestyle will help to ensure that those requirements are being met.       [...]

Horse Q&A: Sufficient Forage

2019-02-13T08:41:40-06:00July 6th, 2012|Articles|

Is the forage high quality and available in sufficient quantities? It is not uncommon to find that hay and pasture that appear to be of good quality are actually poorly digestible or low in certain nutrients.  By having your hay and pasture grass tested you can assess the nutrient content and digestibility of your forage source.  Additionally, [...]

Horse Q&A: Proper Eating

2019-02-13T08:56:58-06:00July 6th, 2012|Articles|

Is my horse properly taking in, chewing and swallowing both forage and feed? By observing your horse while eating hay, grass and feed, you may find that while he is taking in food he may not be actually chewing and/or swallowing it - this is especially common in older horses with poor dentition that may [...]

Deer Health and Nutrition Tips during Antler Growth Season

2019-02-13T10:16:19-06:00June 7th, 2012|Articles|

So much of what we do in the care and feeding of deer passes relatively unnoticed in the short term. But antler growth season is when “instant gratification” seekers can practically see results occur right before their eyes. Growing at a rate of half an inch per day, antlers are some of the fastest growing [...]

Cattle Corner Tips

2019-02-13T09:27:40-06:00May 29th, 2012|Articles|

  Creep feeding 60 days prior to weaning should be considered for a couple of reasons. During the later stages of nursing milk production is decreasing. At the same time the calves are growing so there is a difference between available nutrients and what is needed to optimize calf growth. In addition, calves that have [...]

Kidding Tips: Goat Tips

2019-02-13T10:21:12-06:00April 27th, 2012|Articles|

Good nutrition, good health and sound management are essential to ensuring a healthy kid. Check out the following tips for the safe birth of your new goat.   Good Nutrition Before breeding your goat you need to begin thinking about nutrition. A doe should be neither underweight nor overweight at the time of breeding. By [...]

Weed Control Planning

2019-02-13T09:28:05-06:00April 26th, 2012|Articles|

We’re still in the dead of winter, but Mississippi State University’s Rocky Lemus already is reminding cattleman to protect their pasture grasslands from runaway broadleaf infestation this coming spring. Lemus, who joined the university’s staff of extension forage specialists seven years ago, urges producers to avoid the understandable temptation caused by other pressing early spring [...]

Winter Nutrition For Your Cattle

2019-02-13T09:28:17-06:00April 26th, 2012|Articles|

Taking shortcuts on your cattle's nutrition during the winter months could risk next year’s calf crop, this year’s weaning weights, and the long-term viability of your herd. According to information from University of Minnesota extension beef experts, winter feeding programs vary for each cattle enterprise. Feeding programs are dependent on variables such as: • Forage [...]

Nutrition is Important Part of Good Herd Health Program

2019-02-13T09:28:32-06:00April 26th, 2012|Articles|

Do you equate a good herd-health program only with a vaccination and/or deworming program? While these are important, they aren’t the only considerations, says Christine B. Navarre, Extension Veterinarian, with Louisiana State university. Dr. Navarre says good overall beef cattle herd health entails the following four basic parts: 1. Nutrition “The first and most important [...]

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