Fall-born replacement heifers are at a critical nutrition point—they need to gain about 1.5 lb. per day from weaning until breeding. But warm-season pastures are starting to decline. Adding supplemental protein is key.
Dry lot feeding of summer calving cows may be a cost competitive production system when grass prices are high, distillers grains prices are comparatively low, and corn stalks are readily available for grazing.
Now that we have left behind a few years of severe droughts and hay shortages, there has been renewed talk about beef herd reconstruction in the U.S. fueled by a couple years of encouraging calf prices.