Cattle Feeding in Winter: How to Prepare, Budget, & Avoid Shortages This Year

Feed is the number 1 biggest input cost for beef cattle accounting for 59% of your total cost. During winter is when the majority of this cost is spent. Read on for tips on cattle feeding this winter without overspending and without undernourishing your herd. Cattle Feeding During Winter Winter feeding can cost farmers up to 5 times as much as summer grazing in a pasture or in a paddock. On average, it costs around $1.50 USD a day per cow for wintering costs. When [...]

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4 Winter Hay Storage Tips: How to Make Your Supply Last Through Winter

Last year’s winter dragged on in the Midwest, causing severe hay shortages for almost half of the region’s local farmers. Whether this year’s winter is short and dry or stormy and prolonged, hay storage is likely a big concern for you. Even if prices stay steady through the season, you don’t want to come up short before the next growing season. In this post, we’ll discuss four hay storage tips to ensure you’ve got enough to last until the spring. 1. Reduce Dry Matter Losses Your number [...]

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Hay Feeders: How to Reduce Wastage

Hay wastage accounts for more than 3 billion dollars lost by U.S. farmers every year. This amount does not even include the further losses bound to happen during the storing and moving processes. With hay scarcity at a high this year, it’s important to do everything you can to waste as little as possible. Hay loss occurs when animals trample or defecate on the hay. Hay can also physically and chemically deteriorate with age. Sometimes animals plain refuse to eat it at all. [...]

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