May 2, 2019
When it comes to winter forage for cattle, here are some of the things that needs to be practiced:
1) Evaluating forage inventory
The first thing to look at during winter is your inventory.
Is your inventory enough to fulfill winter cattle requirements?
Work with your nutritionist to figure out if you need to fill a gap in your stores of winter forage for cattle.
2) Forage quality
Forage quality is crucial as it affects performance of your herd.
Knowing the storage quality means you know the risk for molds, yeast, mycotoxins and so on.
It is crucial to do a forage test to determine exactly what you have available.
Make sure the quality of forage is up to standard in order to meet your herd's requirement.
Avoid eyeballing forage quality as it is not accurate. You will not know if you are fulfilling the cattle needs.
3) Fill forage gap
Create a cattle supplementation plan to match forage quantity and quality.
When there is a gap, protein will often be the first limiting nutrient.
Make sure you have a well balanced cattle supplementation that will help to fill nutrient gap as well as optimize digestibility.