Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY


October 25, 2007

Tips are coming for winter feeding

GLASGOW — Folks, don’t forget that we have a Winter Cattle Feeding Meeting scheduled next Monday night, Oct. 29, beginning at 6 p.m. It will be at the Farmers Livestock Market, west of Glasgow on Highway 68/80. A “light supper” will be provided.

Dr. Roy Burris and Kevin Laurant, UK Extension Beef Cattle Specialists, are our guests. They will discuss some ways to feed your cattle this winter, with a short hay supply.

Producers, you need to know what you are feeding, which will be very important, especially this year following a drought. Testing your forages for quality is always important. And, with some forages (especially, but not limited to, drought stressed corn stalks and freeze damaged wheat), testing for their nitrate levels should be part of your management procedure, as well. Remember, high nitrate levels can be toxic.

In order to balance nutrient needs with other feed products to complement your on-hand forage supply, you need to know the nutrient levels of those existing forages to be able to properly provide other feedstuffs to support them. There is a lot of variation from forage quality, especially this year. For forages that will be used this winter, you need to know as much about their nutritive levels or toxicity issues as possible before feeding in order to avoid any problems.

Drought conditions require producers to look at alternatives to their normal winter feeding programs and we hope that this meeting will help producers to consider some options as they plan their winter feeding programs.

Reduce Losses When Feeding Hay

This winter, hay supplies will be extremely tight on most farms across the state. The 2007 spring freeze followed by prolonged drought led to a 30 to 50 percent reduction in hay production in the state this year. Therefore, it is important not to waste this valuable commodity when feeding it to cattle.

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