Winter Forage For Cattle

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.

 

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