Drought: Tools and Solutions to Make it Work

As many producers are once again dealing with drought, it is important to utilize all resources and tools to ensure you make the most of what you have.

Know What You've Got

Our staff of nutritionists are ready to assist with the challenges you may be encountering within your operation due to drought. We will work with you to determine the nutritional content of your forages and develop a feeding program that cost effectively achieves your performance goals.

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Stretch What You Have

Amaferm® is the key ingredient in our product lines and is a natural prebiotic that maximizes the nutritional value of feed. It delivers more microbial protein and energy to the animal through increased digestibility thus allowing the animal to utilize more of what they are currently consuming and improve performance without additional inputs.

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Get More of What You Need

Whether you need help locating hay from another source or testing the hay you have, our team is here to help! Our Area Sales Managers are more than just sales people - they are cattleman themselves who know and understand your needs. Our mission is simply to help in whatever way possible.

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Other Resources

We have developed an extensive online tool called the Regional Feed Barometer to help you identify economical choices for your rations. By selecting ingredients that are considered a good buy, relative to cost, you may be able to reduce overall drought feed costs.

Regional Feed Barometer

Consider Management Alternatives During Drought

By Jack Oattes, M.S., BioZyme Inc.  Unpredictable and often extreme weather conditions are just some of the many challenging obstacles that beef cattle producers across the United States regularly contend with while working hard to supply food to a growing population.   Throughout 2021, many cattle producers have been feeling the effects of extremely dry conditions that have had a negative impact on production outcomes. These drought conditions have resulted in decreased pasture resources and overall forage and feedstuff availability while further compounding the record high feed prices the industry has witnessed over the course of the last year. This article aims to shed some light on nutrition and management strategies for producers to consider in order to make the best of drought conditions. While it should ...Read More

Plan Now for Nutritional Needs During Drought

It might seem odd to think about drought as producers in the Midwest are wading through the mud just to do chores, and in the Upper Plains, “spring” calving means getting calves in from 8-10 inches of snow and worrying about frozen ears in April. Even with adequate moisture throughout much of the U.S. early in the year, drought is still a concern that will likely grow as we move into summer. According to the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska on March 27, 2018, 28-percent of the cattle inventory is in areas currently impacted by drought. ...Read More

Feed Smarter During Drought

Every year Mother Nature wreaks havoc on various regions with drought. Drier than desirable conditions challenge livestock producers who depend on forages for their cattle to graze during the summer months; however, with proper planning your cattle and your bank account can survive the drought. There are several options for producers looking to survive drought. Cull and sell the lower-performing part of your herd; wean calves early; adjust your feeding plan; or a combination of these. “There is not one right answer,” said Kevin Glaubius, Director of Nutrition for BioZyme® Inc. “It is best to take action as early as possible and plan ahead before you are ...Read More