winter

Winter is Here : Pipes, Pets and Plants

2019-02-12T12:59:45-06:00January 5th, 2015|Articles, McGregor News|

As the leaves blow and the temperature remains below 50 degrees for the second full week, the reality begins to set in, winter is still here.  The occasional sunny day reminds us, we do live in Texas and the weather is ever changing.  However, sometimes it just doesn’t seem fast enough.  During the summer, we [...]

Cattle Feed: Winter Options

2019-02-13T09:27:06-06:00December 1st, 2014|Articles, McGregor News|

Winter is here so that means feeding habits for our livestock herd usually change. Pasture grasses slow their growth by this time of year, and many times are gone.  Therefore livestock owners begin to look toward supplemental feeding to meet the nutritional requirements shortfall. The easiest is hay. When grass in the pasture is gone, that [...]

Winterize Your Horse

2019-02-13T08:40:24-06:00October 28th, 2012|Articles|

Now that winter is approaching and the temperature is dropping, horse owners need to consider how to winterize their horses. During the cold season, horse owners must make sure that their animals receive proper feed, water and shelter to stay healthy and comfortable. Further, since riders usually put a lot of time and effort into [...]

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 [...]

Winter Care for Horses

2019-02-13T08:41:59-06:00March 18th, 2012|Articles|

Cold weather presents horses with some specific nutritional and management demands. As winter approaches it is a good idea to evaluate horses, housing and feeding programs to insure that horses get through the cold weather in good shape. All warm-blooded animals have a critical temperature. This is the temperature below which the animal must produce [...]

Extreme Weather Conditions and Reduced Production May Affect Hay Quality, Availability and Price

2019-02-13T09:30:59-06:00March 18th, 2012|Articles|

Unfavorable weather conditions last fall and winter meant more hay was fed than normal causing last year’s hay supplies to be running short.  Unprecedented weather extremes through the spring are affecting the quality and availability of new hay for 2011.  Whether you are suffering through the extreme drought in south Texas, excessive rainfall in the [...]

Cattle: Plan now for winter feeding Program

2019-02-13T09:43:23-06:00March 10th, 2012|Articles|

Plan now for winter feeding Program Now is the time to plan your beef herd winter feeding program.  Fine-tuning winter feeding management helps optimize performance, but it is also essential for good animal husbandry, according to livestock nutrition and animal health experts with north Carolina State university (nCSu). 10-Point Plan Matt Poore, PhD, professor and [...]