Rules of Thumb for Winter Feeding

Rules of Thumb for Winter Feeding

James B. Neel

University of Tennessee

 “Rules of thumb” can be helpful in planning winter feeding programs for cow-calf herds. Following are a few that might be useful. How much hay does a cow need each day? Mature beef cows with an average body condition score (BCS of 5) should eat about 25-30 pounds of average quality, dry hay or its equivalent per day to get her required energy needs.

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