Livestock News

What is Nitrate Poisoning?

Nov 30, 2020

Nitrate poisoning occurs when animals consume hay containing high levels of free nitrates. Under drought conditions, both sorghum X sudangrass hybrids and pearl millet have the potential to accumulate high levels of nitrates, especially if they have been fertilized with nitrogen.  

Supplementing Cattle through Winter

Nov 23, 2020

 As we supplement cattle throughout the winter season, producers should understand how nutritional needs are core to economical production. Nutrient requirements will vary as to whether your goal is for your cattle to maintain or gain weight.  Everything starts with forage, both quantity and quality.  

Neonatal Calf Diarrhea

Nov 16, 2020

As farmers plan for fall/winter calving season, neonatal diarrhea will soon become a concern for many beef producers. This condition has a myriad of causes that can range from very mild, self-limiting diarrheas to severe, often fatal episodes. As we examine some of the causes of calf diarrhea and begin to talk about how to control this troublesome condition, it is important to note management and care of the brood cow is as, if not more, important than the condition of the newborn calf.

Organic Selenium

Nov 09, 2020

When supplementing the diets of grazing livestock, sometimes it’s the little things that matter most. Minerals in particular play a vital role in beef cattle performance, and the mineral levels present in forages seldom meet the requirements of cattle.

Determining Energy Level from Feed Label

Nov 02, 2020

Most anytime we hear the merits of two or more beef feeds discussed, the level of protein is mentioned. Not surprising, since the protein percentage is often in the name of the feed and is always listed at the top of the guaranteed nutrients. Protein definitely is important as a component of muscle tissue, organs, hide, and hair, but as a rule the animal industry tends to overemphasize protein while paying little attention to energy content. 

Feeding Goats for Reproductive Success

Oct 26, 2020

Successful reproduction is the basis for profitability for most all livestock production, especially in goats, a species with the potential for multiple offspring with each pregnancy.  

Matching Sheep Feeds to Stage of Production

Oct 19, 2020

Co-op proudly manufactures livestock feeds based on nutrient requirements, recent scientific research, and the latest knowledge of feed ingredients. Safety, nutrient interactions, and responsible use of feed ingredients were all considerations as we developed our line of sheep and lamb feeds appropriate for all stages of production.

The Nitty Gritty on Hen Digestion

Oct 12, 2020

It’s important to understand your hen’s digestive system when making proper nutrition choices. Poultry rely on the gizzard to break down feeds for digestion.

Equine Nutrition for Varying Recovery Times

Oct 05, 2020

Recovery time will depend on the level of exercise, conditioning of the horse and amount of muscle fatigue that has occurred. In many situations, a horse can be fully recovered within 24 to 48 hours

Key trace minerals for horses

Sep 28, 2020

As horses encounter greater physical activity and their workload and energy demands increase, their need for key trace minerals increases. Zinc, manganese, copper, and selenium are the primary minerals needed for production of strong muscles with high cellular integrity.  

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