For some producers, a number of factors came together to create the perfect storm that led to significantly lowered forage quality.
Temperatures drop, sunshine dims and pastures stop growing. That’s when cow nutrition becomes critical.
Factor in hay quality and your cows’ nutrition needs
As the cow continues through late gestation, be mindful of her increasing nutrient needs and manage your hay supplies accordingly. There are two take home messages here, Radunz says.
Calculating the amount of hay that is needed on both a short term and over the course of an entire winter are mathematical exercises that are required on any cow calf enterprise.
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Develop feeding plans now to maintain body condition and reproductive performance.
Hay should be analyzed for nutrient content.