A note from our Nutrition Department:
Spring time means calving and/or breeding season for many of our cow-calf producers. A reminder from your JFM nutrition team to make sure your cows have access to a high quality, complete mineral supplement. Trace minerals play a large role in the reproductive health of cattle and help to ensure optimal calving and breeding success.
Additionally, as cattle begin to head out to pasture, a reminder of the importance of pasture minerals. Pasture minerals help to ensure optimal growth, maintenance and reproductive performance in pastured cattle.
The JFM nutrition team would also like to emphasize the importance of good bunk management moving into warmer weather. Warm weather depresses feed intake, so ensuring cattle have consistent access to feed will minimize average daily gain losses.
Spring-time also means that hay, haylage and baleage season is right around the corner. Good forage quality is key in any successful beef operation, so be sure to reach out to your JFM beef team with any questions regarding making good quality forages this season.
Finally, as files start buzzing around the barns and pastures be sure to inquire about adding garlic to your mineral, supplements or complete feeds for fly control this summer.