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How bred cow nutrition affects body condition

Many publications about pregnant cow nutrition note the changes in nutrient demand during pregnancy, calving and lactation. Nutrient needs are the highest at about 60 days post-calving — primarily because of peak or near-peak lactation — and then slowly decline as a calf grows and starts to consume more and more of its diet from feedstuffs rather than milk. 

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Hay waste: Get the most out of your harvested forage

Winter is well on it's way and for many producers that means feeding hay supplies. What's the best hay storage method and how can you minimize hay waste? Jill Larson has some tips to help you get the most out of your stored forages this winter.

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CrystalBlox is made for protein season

As the days get shorter and cooler, many of us think of hunting season and perhaps dream of snagging a trophy buck or bagging some pheasants. If you have a beef cow herd, it is also the start of “protein season".

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Beef cow supplementation: Is there a right choice?

Which protein product do I need?” This question comes up with some frequency when speaking with producers or dealers about the many CRYSTALYX® protein options available. Since we are entering the primary protein season of the year, I thought it would be wise to share a short refresher about the differences between livestock diet protein sources.

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A 21st-century supplement for 21st-century cattle

Technology is advancing at breakneck speed for all industries, including agriculture. We will likely see as many changes and improvements in the next 10 years as we’ve seen over the last three to five decades, particularly in the field of digital technology.

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Block basics: Product selection and usage estimates

In most areas, we are nearing the end of the grazing season and starting to plan for the fall and winter feeding seasons. To adequately prepare, the first question to ask yourself is, “Which products do I need?” This is followed by another important question: “How much product will be used?”

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Fall is coming - it's time to move the cows

Yes, summer has passed, and we are quickly entering the fall season. For most spring calving herds, summer pasture rotations have been made to match moisture and growing conditions to maintain a supply of high-quality forages — but plants mature, and leaf growth for most grasses has slowed down.

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10 reasons to use self-fed protein supplements this fall

I can’t believe it’s September already — where did the summer go? The mornings are noticeably cooler and the days are getting shorter. Thoughts of weaning spring-calving herds are likely present, and those of you with row-crops are undoubtedly looking forward to harvest.

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