Last week to take advantage of our Fall Mineral and Starter Feed promotion!

November 25, 2019


Harvest is wrapping up for many of you and I encourage cattle producers to take time to get in contact with your local CVA feed location to take advantage of our fall mineral promotion. Not only will you get great advice from our feed experts, you will also get a $25 gift card to be used at Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shop just in time for the Holiday season. Cows are out on stalks throughout our CVA territory and a high-quality protein tub will provide many advantages to a cowherd during the upcoming winter months. Besides cow calf producers, feedlot managers receiving newly weaned calves, will be happy with a highly palatable stress tub that provides key nutrients needed for a fully functioning immune system. Besides a stress tub, a 5-ton purchase of a starter feed from Purina containing the new RX3 technology or each ton of Supermix RX3 purchased qualifies you for a free vest.

Forage quality and availability has caused numerous issues for producers this year. Low quality pastures and a very cold winter left cows with a lower body condition than normal. I recommend sending off feed samples for analysis and creating rations from these results, as I feel they may be vital to your herds success. When it comes to preg checking this fall, there is not much that can be done to affect this year’s results, however, we can help determine possible solutions if your pregnancy rate was below your goal. A cow’s nutrition will impact fertility and conception long before the bull is turned out. Some questions to ask yourself are, “Did the cows have sufficient forage during the breeding season”, “Were mineral and protein supplements consumed at target intake levels”, and “Were they given the correct amount to meet their requirements”? If you have any questions, please reach out to our trained team of Beef Specialists for advice, ration balancing, or hay/feed analysis.

Lastly, I want to discuss grazing after a freeze. Are you aware that a freeze can cause some hazards when fed to livestock? Sorghum related plants like milo and sudangrass can be very toxic for a few days after a frost. Waiting 3-5 days after a freeze before returning to grazing reduces the chance of poisoning from the amount of prussic acids formed from plant cell membranes being broken. Freezing can also cause nitrate accumulation in growing plants like oats and millet. Be aware that hay cut right after a freeze or green chop can be even more dangerous. Alfalfa is also best grazed a few days after a frost to help avoid possible bloat. Contact your local CVA feed team member for any questions concerning frost and our team looks forward to working with producers this winter.

And don’t miss out on your chance for a gift card or vest with our fall promotion going on through Dec. 1st.
 
by Brandi Salestrom
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