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Cattle Nutrition

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Last time, we looked at ADF and NDF and how it is used to measure a hay sample’s fiber content. It plays into digestibility and forage intake,…

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Raising beef cattle during the winter comes with its own obstacles, such as freezing temperatures and blizzards which ultimately lead to a forage shortage. These conditions create greater nutrient intake especially for spring calving cows.

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All of the essential minerals play different, key roles in the metabolic processes of a cow. Everything from hoof health to immune response and even reproduction can be affected by the presence or absence of minerals in a cow’s diet.

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He fully expected cattle that had unlimited access to feed to gain more and to weigh more than cattle that had limited feed access. What he didn’t know was whether the calves that were fed the high-energy diet would have different final weights.

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This year, producers endured multiple challenges during the corn growing and harvesting seasonand they find themselves feeding out newly fermented corn silage while worrying about exposing their herd to higher-than-average levels of molds or mycotoxins.

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According to ARS research Mike Clawson in Nebraska, colostrum deprivation is the greatest risk factor for a calf to become sick or die before weaning. “Calves that do not receive colostrum are 50 times or more likely to die in the first three weeks of life,” he said.

Other than building windbreaks cattle can hide behind or making sure livestock barns are as cold proofed as possible, nutrition is one of the biggest keys to getting cattle successfully through the winter.

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It’s a little counter-intuitive. Cattle standing knee-deep in spring grass may not be obtaining the nutrition they need from the lush young forage.

Sunshine, T-shirts, lightning strikes – not exactly your normal late February day in North Dakota. The weather throughout the region over the past few months has been nothing short of uneven, which segued perfectly into a discussion about cattle production during North Dakota State University Extension’s 2017 Ag Forum in Wishek, ND on Feb. 21.

Sunshine, T-shirts, lightning strikes – not exactly your normal late February day in North Dakota. The weather throughout the region over the past few months has been nothing short of uneven, which segued perfectly into a discussion about cattle production during North Dakota State University Extension’s 2017 Ag Forum in Wishek, ND on Feb. 21.

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Sunshine, T-shirts, lightning strikes – not exactly your normal late February day in North Dakota. The weather throughout the region over the past few months has been nothing short of uneven, which segued perfectly into a discussion about cattle production during North Dakota State University Extension’s 2017 Ag Forum in Wishek, ND on Feb. 21.

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