Avoiding Weather Related Mineral Deficiencies All Year Round
Gilda V. Bryant
In 2019, severe spring weather included blizzards, floods and twisters that created serious management concerns for beef producers. Cattle reduced their mineral consumption because free choice minerals likely washed away, lost effectiveness due to leaching or were not provided consistently. Some producers concentrated only on moving animals to higher ground. Weather caused delays in working cattle, further disrupting supplementation and vaccination schedules. Operators also faced the challenges of locating quality, carryover hay supplies.