Feeding Management to Minimize Hay Waste
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Feeding hay to cattle is expensive. Hay costs between $0.02 and $0.07 per pound of dry matter; usually more than double the cost for the same amount of nutrients from pasture. Hay is expensive because (1) it requires a large investment in equipment, (2) it requires labor to make and feed, and (3) more than 50 percent of it is wasted by either poor storage methods or improper feeding practices.
Cold stress and dehydration can negatively affect cattle health.
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
It is important to provide adequate water for livestock during cold weather. Body metabolism increases during cold weather. Feed intake increases as cattle need more “fuel” to keep warm. To process the additional feed, the digestive tract needs adequate fluid. A cow’s winter water requirement may not be as high as in the heat of summer, but she must drink enough to handle the demands of increased metabolism to prevent dehydration and impaction. If the cow is lactating, she needs more water regardless of weather.
Mineral nutrition for the cow herd: calving through breeding
Farm and Ranch Guide
Minerals and vitamins account for a very small proportion of daily intake in cow diets and can be overlooked due to misunderstanding the importance of adequate mineral nutrition and because of the cost of supplementation.
Grazing Hacks for Feeding Mineral, Blocking Water Gaps and Solar Charger Stands
Dan Divine, a former NRCS agent based in Wright County Missouri, was telling me about his water gap and mineral feeder ideas a couple days ago and I asked him to send some photos. Dan has always been a strong grass farming proponent and Wright County was lucky to have an agent who practiced what he preached.
Here’s why you should consider temperament and behavior grading
Over years, numerous studies have looked at temperament and behaviors of livestock, but very little seems to have trickled down to ground level of the ranch or feedlot treatment barns. Docility EPD’s have been widely used in purebred cattle operations, but it takes time for genetic improvement of this nature to fully trickle down to most cow-calf operations
Former dairyman converts barn for raising steers
After a nearly 27-year absence from the dairy industry, Jack Koronkiewicz of Peshtigo, Wisconsin, did just that. It was a $25,000 roof replacement bill that gave him the final push to seek a better return from his farm buildings.
Target your Feedlot Treatments
Predicting disease risk in a group of cattle is relatively reliable for experienced backgrounders or cattle feeders. Predicting risk in individual animals however, presents a much greater challenge. But as the industry adopts new chute-side diagnostic tools, precisely targeted, evidence-based treatment decisions could reduce costs, improve animal health and advance antimicrobial stewardship.
Looking at cow size’s effect on production
When Jason Rowntree, Michigan State University animal science professor, took the helm at the MSU research farm 10 years ago, he inherited a large cow herd, not in numbers but in animal size. The crossbred cows weighed on average about 1,500 pounds, with a few specimens topping out at 2,200 pounds. For Rowntree, who wanted to get out of the haying business and research managed grazing, that cow size was too large to fit into his research goals.
A better way to feed cows for cold weather
The nature of many beef producers is the morning of every new winter storm to rush out and feed the cows something extra. In truth, this may be backward thinking, says Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University emeritus extension animal scientist. He notes the major effect of cold on the nutrient requirement of cows is an increased need for energy.
Climate Change May Be Creating a Groundwater ‘Time Bomb,’ Scientists Say
The Weather Channel
Climate change may be creating a groundwater “time bomb” as the world’s underground water systems catch up to the impacts of global warming. Researchers for a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change say more than half of the world’s groundwater systems — the largest source of usable freshwater in the world — could take more than 100 years to completely respond to current environmental changes from global warming.