Livestock News

What research says about optimizing replacement heifers

Feb 17, 2020

Developing replacement heifers for the breeding herd is one of the major challenges facing many beef producers. Optimum reproductive performance and lifetime productivity of a cow are clearly tied to proper nutritional management of replacement heifers during growth and development of structure and reproductive function.  

Advantages of Organic Trace Minerals

Feb 10, 2020

Minerals required by livestock are commonly divided into two general categories: macrominerals and microminerals.  Macrominerals are those required in relatively large amounts, and microminerals, in very small amounts.  Microminerals, also referred to as trace minerals, are only needed in quantities measured in milligrams or micrograms, but are vitally important for reproduction, immunity, and proper growth and development.  Copper, zinc, manganese, and selenium are just some of the trace minerals typically supplemented to ensure proper health and performance of our animals.   

Mitigate Grass Tetany and Improve Herd Mineral Status

Feb 03, 2020

As winter yields to spring, grass begins to “green-up” and pastures become dotted with new baby calves.  Along with calving season cow-calf producers will also manage grass tetany season.

Supplementing Cattle with Pressed Blocks

Jan 27, 2020

Winter beef cattle feeding programs in the Southeast are typically based upon stored hay. While considered a necessary practice, increasing input costs make it an expensive one as well. Frequent rains and rapidly maturing forages in the spring can also mean at least a portion of our hay inventory is lacking in quality.

Getting the Most From Poor Quality Hay

Jan 20, 2020

Stored hay tends to form the base of our winter beef cattle feeding programs in Tennessee.  While considered a necessary commodity, increasing input costs make it an expensive one as well.  Frequent rains and rapidly maturing forages in the spring can also mean at least a portion of our hay inventory is lacking in quality.  Feeding this poor quality hay can result in decreased cattle performance and reduced profit for your beef cattle operation.  

Cattle Supplement Tubs

Jan 13, 2020

In recent years lick tubs have become an increasingly popular method for beef producers to supplement their herds.  The convenience of a concentrated, self-fed source of nutrition is very attractive, but the wide variety of products and prices can be confusing.  Basically, there are three main types of tubs:  pressed, poured, and low moisture.  

Winter Supplements for Beef Cattle

Jan 06, 2020

Winter is in full swing and now is the time to make sure your feeding program has your herd prepared for the upcoming calving season.  Intelligent decisions now can have a significant impact on the health of newborn calves, the amount of milk produced by their mother, and how soon the cow breeds back after calving.     

Care of newborn lambs

Dec 30, 2019

Nearly 20 percent of lambs die before weaning. Eighty percent of those losses occur during the first 10 days. Good baby lamb care can significantly increase the number of lambs raised by ewes in the flock. A realistic goal would be to limit lamb mortality to 4 to 5 percent.  

High-Fat Horse Diets: Performance Horses

Dec 23, 2019

A high-performing horse can have up to twice the calorie requirement as the same horse in a maintenance stage. Owners and trainers of performance horses often give more feed to meet that calorie need. 

Including Roasted Soybeans in Equine Rations

Dec 16, 2019

The equine digestive system is designed to break down forage through fermentation in the hindgut, potentially supplying as much as 70% of their daily energy requirement.  It is well known that exercised, nursing or under-weight equines must be supplemented with protein/energy-dense feedstuffs that are easily digested to meet higher requirements not met with hay &/or pasture alone. 

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