A Tub of Value for Every Cowherd

March 4, 2019

Our cattle have many options when it comes to mineral and protein supplements. In this blog, I will explain some of the most traditional options. If you like consistent consumption and the convenience of not filling a loose mineral feeder every day, tubs are for you. Most tub makers suggest 1 tub for every 25 head of cows, and for easy math, a 100 head cowherd would go through an average of 5 mineral tubs a month. Regular consumption ranges from .5 to 1.5lbs a-head a day on protein tubs and .25-.5lbs of a mineral tub. Depending on the brand, most tubs weigh anywhere from 200-250lbs and can be in a plastic, fiber or steel barrel form.  Now let's get down to the long list of options.

Starting in January, most in Northeast Nebraska are either calving or getting close, so a mineral program, like Purina's Availa 4 rebreeding mineral, is a great option. These organic trace minerals consist of zinc, copper, cobalt, and manganese. Another value-added option would be the MOS or XPC products for improved gut health. Besides mineral, a producer may be interested in a 25-30% protein tub or a Hi-energy protein tub for those cows needing some extra nutrients. Just a few years ago, Purina introduced a poured-molasses, high-fat tub designed for replacement heifers, cows out on stalks, or mid-to-late gestation cows needing extra energy. Consumption of a poured tub vs. a harder cooked tub will be anywhere from 1-4 lbs. a-head a day depending on forage quality.

Next, spring is the season where hi mag, fly control, and garlic minerals can be used. Hi mag mineral needs to be fed 3-4 weeks prior to turnout on lush, green pasture and at least 2 weeks after cows have been turned out. Fly control minerals should be started in late March to April and fed until the first frost of the fall. These minerals can be fed in combination or alone. Mineral complete tubs are another popular choice with producers once hi mag season is over.  Once again, a tub can be used as a protein supplement during this time.

 I hope this blog helps to break down some of the options to better understand what is out there and available through your cattle specialists at Central Valley Ag and our feed locations. For more information, you can visit our website www.cvacoop.com and look under the feed tab or contact me at brandi.salestrom@cvacoop.com.
by Brandi Salestrom

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