Forage Testing is the Key to Profitablity

Forages are not created equally, but fortunately for producers there are ways to analyze the make-up of the forages to see how to best utilize them for livestock in various stages of production. “Forage testing helps us meet the bottom line on profitability,” said Isaiah Shnurman, owner of SP Genetics & Shnurman Sire Services at […]

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Is She Ready? Ideal Body Condition Prior to Calving

Regardless of the time of year when calves hit the ground, you want to make sure you and your cows are prepared. Now is the time to provide quality nutrition to bred heifers and cows. Producers should be focused on ensuring their body condition can support a healthy pregnancy both in young females and mature […]

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Understanding The Nutrient Value of Your Hay

Taking hay samples is one step that can ensure the nutrient requirements of your animals are being met. By having a general idea of the quality of your forage, it will enable you to provide the lowest cost ration possible to meet your performance expectations. There are two ways you can take hay samples: with […]

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Prepare Fall Calving Cows with Proper Nutrition

Fall calving is on the horizon, and it is important to keep the nutritional needs of the cow herd top-of-mind. As cows enter the last stage of gestation and prepare to calve, their nutritional needs are at her highest. During the last trimester, 75% of the calf’s growth takes place, the organs mature and “brown […]

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Get Weaned Calves Straightened Out Quicker

Sometimes the biggest challenges to livestock production are out of our control, but as producers we still look for ways to work around those obstacles. That is the case for one cattle operation in Northeast Louisiana where heat and humidity are at a peak as they approach weaning time. “The humidity down here is the […]

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