Green Acres

Cow Herd Winter Readiness

Below are some items to consider for your cow herd winter readiness from Rachel Endecott (MSU Beef Cattle Specialist).

• Testing your hay for nutrient analysis is a critical component of a nutrition plan. From your forage test results, you can build a more accurate and economical winter feeding plan. Do you need to purchase supplement? Does your high protein second cutting need to be diluted with a lower quality hay to more optimally match cow requirements? Do you have enough hay? Does your grain hay have a cautionary level of nitrates? If so, do you have a feeding pl...

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