Archive for March 10th, 2012

Quick Tips: Hay Management

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Now is the time to make plans for getting the most from your hay as fall winds down and winter approaches. These tips can help:
1. Inventory the quantity of your hay on hand.
2. Work with your nutrition consultant to determine the quality of the hay you have.
3. Forage analysis can be useful. Testing hays for […]

Is Your Hay Supply Adequate Until Spring?

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Do you have enough hay stored to meet the needs of your cattle for the remainder of the winter? Even though you may have stored what you think will be enough hay to carry your herd through the winter, conditions often change so you might be concerned that you will run short before spring.
If you […]

Purina’s IM Technology Delivers Predicatable Performance

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

PURINA’S IM TECHNOLOGY DELIVERS PREDICTABLE PERFORMANCE
It’s a well-researched fact that a stable digestive system in cattle results in increased forage
utilization, digestive function, and overall health and performance (see “Basic Cattle Nutrition”).
Hand feeding range supplements such as range cubes, commodities, or grain mixes, may be causing
instability in your animals’ digestive system. When cattle consume all their […]

Quick Tips To Help Reach BCS Goals

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Body condition scores (BCS) are an excellent means of monitoring the effectiveness of your beef-cow-nutrition program. Here are 10
management tips to help ensure your cows are at a target BCS of 6.0 by calving:

Late summer-Evaluate your cows while still on grass. If they score thin to borderline moderate during this time and forage availability is still sufficient, provide a balanced protein […]

Fall Cow-Calf Management Reminders

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Fall Cow-Calf Management Reminders
October
• Beginning in late October or November, provide supplemental feed for bulls on dry grass according to age and condition.
• Evaluate cows’ body condition score (BCS) at weaning.  Develop winter nutrition program to have cows at a BCS of six at calving to enhance rebreeding performance.
November
• Check with your Extension office for […]

Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Looking to make your own hummingbird nectar?  Here is a easy recipe.  
 
1 Part Sugar
4 Parts Water
Boil 1-2 Minutes
Cool & Store In Refrigerator
 
Never use honey or artificial sweeteners! Honey ferments easily, and can cause sores in a hummers mouth. Artificial sweeteners have no food value. 

Sustained Nutrition for Lifetime Performance

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

There are unfortunately many examples to draw upon from our history, especially during wartime, of maternal nutritional deprivation and the long term effects on the lives of their children, and their children’s children. The list includes: diabetes; hypertension; glucose intolerance; insulin resistance; renal failure; cardiovascular disease; and hyperlipidemia.
The word “Epigenetics” has emerged as “the idea […]

Quick Tips: Weaning Management

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

A calf’s diet and surroundings change dramatically at weaning and if you don’t closely manage this lifestage, the value of your calves can be reduced.  Calves can become sick and won’t grow as they should.
Here are four weaning management tips to ensure calves get a good, healthy start after they are weaned.
1. Reduce Stress.  Perform […]

10 cow-calf winter preparation tips

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Now is the perfect time for beef producers to make management decisions that will affect the health, productivity and profitability of the herd over the next production cycle. The following are tips and guidelines to consider.
1. Wean based on pasture quality and quantity:
When pasture quality declines below that required to support calf growth, and/or quantity […]

Feeding Programs for Drought Stressed Beef Cow Herds

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Traditionally, grazed forages provide beef cows the majority of their nutrients during the spring and summer months. However, during droughts when forage production stops, alternative feeds and feeding programs need to be used utilized until forages are growing again. When deciding on and alternative feeding program there are several options to consider. The goal is […]