Feed Lot

DEC 2018

Feedlots and cow/calf operations in the beef industry who feed 500 or more has annually on grains and concentrates; maintain 500 or more beef cows; backgrounder, stocker/grower, preconditioner; veterinarian, nutritionist, consultant

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18 FEED•LOT December 2018 can impact its reproductive abilities. "Don't make the mistake of thinking your forages will provide all of the minerals your cattle need to thrive," says Backes. "If you're not providing a quality mineral year-round, you're leaving breeding success to chance." Record and Monitor BCS If you don't collect body con- dition scores (BCS) regularly, it's time to start. Collect scores 60 days before calving, at calving/ pre-breeding and at weaning. It's most important to score 60 days be- fore calving because the condition Mineral as the Foundation "The foundation of any cattle nutrition program is mineral," says Backes. "Providing supplements and mineral help maintain a con- sistent body condition score year- round for greater breeding success." Cows managed for optimal body condition at calving (6 BCS) re- breed with conception rates of 88 percent or greater. Minerals help repair a cow's reproductive tract after calving and prepare for breed- ing. If her tract is not fully repaired, a cow may have challenges being rebred or may not breed back at all. Additionally, nutrition can impact multiple generations of the herd. Dam nutrition can impact future replacement heifer fertility. At any given time, a productive beef cow is eating for two or three. She is likely bred, carrying a fetus and may still be nursing a calf. The nutrients the calf receives in utero and at side COW/CALF CORNER 0LQHUDOVKHOSUHSDLUDFRZ·VUHSURGXFWLYHWUDFW DIWHUFDOYLQJDQGSUHSDUHKHUIRUEUHHGLQJ 3 Nutrition Tips to Improve Your Breeding Program T he cattle industry has breeding gold standards 85 days to rebreed, a 60-day calving window and cows in body condition score (BCS) 6, to name a few. But beating the average and holding your operation to a higher standard isn't just another bullet point on a list of goals; it's a philosophy with tangible, long-term benefits. "Above average results mean more dollars in a producer's pocket," says Elizabeth Backes, Ph.D. and cattle nutritionist at Purina Animal Nutrition. "More cows bred will translate to more calves born, which means more calves weaned and more pounds to sell. If producers can get more calves on the ground, that's more dollars in their pocket." One way to achieve better-than- average breeding results is by fo- cusing on nutrition. Here are three nutrition tips to beat the average: 1-800-536-8438 "We can customize a system to meet your needs." ❖ Platform Scales (10 sizes/self-contained) ❖ Single Animal Weigh Cage (self-contained) ❖ Single Animal Scales (under squeeze chutes) ❖ Portable Calf Scales (3 designs for various weights) ❖ Hay Processor Scales

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