Quick Tips: Hay Management

2019-02-13T08:42:28-06:00March 10th, 2012|Articles|

Now is the time to make plans for getting the most from your hay as fall winds down and winter approaches. These tips can help: 1. Inventory the quantity of your hay on hand. 2. Work with your nutrition consultant to determine the quality of the hay you have. 3. Forage analysis can be useful. [...]

Purina’s IM Technology Delivers Predicatable Performance

2019-02-13T09:32:18-06:00March 10th, 2012|Articles|

PURINA’S IM TECHNOLOGY DELIVERS PREDICTABLE PERFORMANCE It’s a well-researched fact that a stable digestive system in cattle results in increased forage utilization, digestive function, and overall health and performance (see “Basic Cattle Nutrition”). Hand feeding range supplements such as range cubes, commodities, or grain mixes, may be causing instability in your animals’ digestive system. When [...]

Seven Vital Trace Minerals for Cattle

2019-02-13T09:32:06-06:00March 10th, 2012|Articles|

Cobalt, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, selenium and zinc are trace minerals important to good cattle nutrition. Ranchers and feedlot operators need to know whether or not these minerals are available in their regions and supplement deficiencies accordingly. This TDN excerpts an article by Oklahoma State University animal nutritionist Fred Owens which identified the geographic availability [...]

Quick Tips To Help Reach BCS Goals

2019-02-13T09:31:56-06:00March 10th, 2012|Articles|

Body condition scores (BCS) are an excellent means of monitoring the effectiveness of your beef-cow-nutrition program. Here are 10 management tips to help ensure your cows are at a target BCS of 6.0 by calving: Late summer-Evaluate your cows while still on grass. If they score thin to borderline moderate during this time and forage availability is still sufficient, provide a [...]

Fall Cow-Calf Management Reminders

2019-02-13T09:31:44-06:00March 10th, 2012|Articles|

Fall Cow-Calf Management Reminders October • Beginning in late October or November, provide supplemental feed for bulls on dry grass according to age and condition. • Evaluate cows’ body condition score (BCS) at weaning.  Develop winter nutrition program to have cows at a BCS of six at calving to enhance rebreeding performance. November • Check [...]

Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

2019-02-12T12:22:44-06:00March 10th, 2012|Articles|

Looking to make your own hummingbird nectar?  Here is a easy recipe.     1 Part Sugar 4 Parts Water Boil 1-2 Minutes Cool & Store In Refrigerator   Never use honey or artificial sweeteners! Honey ferments easily, and can cause sores in a hummers mouth. Artificial sweeteners have no food value. 

Sustained Nutrition for Lifetime Performance

2019-02-13T09:31:32-06:00March 10th, 2012|Articles|

There are unfortunately many examples to draw upon from our history, especially during wartime, of maternal nutritional deprivation and the long term effects on the lives of their children, and their children’s children. The list includes: diabetes; hypertension; glucose intolerance; insulin resistance; renal failure; cardiovascular disease; and hyperlipidemia. The word “Epigenetics” has emerged as “the [...]

Quick Tips: Weaning Management

2019-02-13T09:31:22-06:00March 10th, 2012|Articles|

A calf's diet and surroundings change dramatically at weaning and if you don't closely manage this lifestage, the value of your calves can be reduced.  Calves can become sick and won't grow as they should. Here are four weaning management tips to ensure calves get a good, healthy start after they are weaned. 1. Reduce [...]

10 cow-calf winter preparation tips

2019-02-13T09:32:53-06:00March 10th, 2012|Articles|

Now is the perfect time for beef producers to make management decisions that will affect the health, productivity and profitability of the herd over the next production cycle. The following are tips and guidelines to consider. 1. Wean based on pasture quality and quantity: When pasture quality declines below that required to support calf growth, [...]

Feeding Programs for Drought Stressed Beef Cow Herds

2019-02-13T09:44:06-06:00March 10th, 2012|Articles|

Traditionally, grazed forages provide beef cows the majority of their nutrients during the spring and summer months. However, during droughts when forage production stops, alternative feeds and feeding programs need to be used utilized until forages are growing again. When deciding on and alternative feeding program there are several options to consider. The goal is [...]

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