Every year, beef producers face the challenge of appropriately managing their cows to get them through the winter in good shape to calve, produce milk, and rebreed in a timely manner.
The challenge becomes even more important on years like this one, where feeds supplies are short.
Science Director for the Beef Cattle Research Council Dr. Reynold Bergen noted there’s clear steps to take when developing a winter feeding program.
“Those are sort of the things that are difficult to fix once they’re a problem.”
The BRTC is examining methods to make it easier for farmers feed to last.
One of those ways, noted Bergen, is by dispersing the feed to cows who need it the most.
“If you got a big variation in feed quality, reserve the best quality hay for the thinner, younger and older animals that need the best groceries. Your middle age cows can get by, as usual, with a little bit tougher diet.”