Planning a Feeding Program
Dr. Chip Poland, Area Livestock Specialist, Dickinson R/E Center, North Dakota State University
Most beef cow and sheep producers in the Northern Great Plains have a substantial forage base (both grazed and harvested) that provides the majority of nutrients to their operation. Appropriately matching available forages to animal demands for nutrients throughout the year is essential for profitable and sustainable livestock production. Secondary to this balancing act, is the need for determining when nutrient demands of livestock are not being fully met and how to go about alleviating these inherent deficits. Appropriately allocating forages and identification of a potential need for supplemental feed is the basis behind planned feeding programs.