Cattle Feed and Watering

This section covers cattle feed do's and dont's, along with watering.

  • Calculating Winter Feed Requirements for Cattle

    Most farmers would have started stockpiling for the winter months, especially forage resources for feeding their cattle. However, calculating how much you need is quite challenging, when you need to consider different variables. Here are certain important aspects that you should be considering while forming your estimates. While calculating requirements for winter feed, you need to first estimate the standing forage or hay. Secondly, you also have to factor in the quality of the forage to...
  • What's the Big Deal About Grass Fed Meat and Milk Products?

    Whether you are producing your own food products, or just trying to live a simpler, more natural life, you can run across buzz-words that sound good, but to the average consumer have little meaning. Natural, hormone-free, grass-fed, organic-all of these words can seem like jargon to the uninitiated. One phrase that is common nowadays is the term "grass-fed." Read on to get the low down on grass-fed meat and milk. Modern Conventional Farming Techniques Since World War II, most cattle in our...
  • Five Ways to Reduce Hay Waste in Winter

    Here in the Southeast, we have to feed hay for about five months of the year. Fortunately, by the time mid-March or early April hits, our cows can once again be grazing in the pastures. For over forty percent of the year, our cows will need to eat hay, but in other areas of the United States, that percentage of the year is much higher. When you figure that in the west or northeastern United States, cattle must eat hay for almost half the year, you realize that minimizing waste can save the...
  • Is Moldy Hay Alright for Cattle?

    A good friend of the community stopped by to ask some questions on hay. Having kept horses most of his life he was unsure whether cattle can eat hay forbidden for horses. The short answer is yes, but please stop by this thread to weigh in. [URL]http://www.cattleforum.com/showthread.php?t=18[/URL]
  • Wheat Hay As Cattle Feeding Alternative

    The price of feed is always going to be an issue in a society where inflation is always knocking at the door.Couple this with unpredictable pricing on commodities and world events and all the sudden your scrambling to feed your flock without declaring a bankruptcy. Obviously alternatives are in order. Wheat hay has been mentioned as a viable feed for cattle. No it is not nearly as exciting as feeding your herd candy canes, or candy corn or a Halloween-style buffet that would make Milton...
  1. What's the Big Deal About Grass Fed Meat and Milk Products?

    Whether you are producing your own food products, or just trying to live a simpler, more natural life, you can run across buzz-words that sound good, but to the average consumer have little meaning. Natural, hormone-free, grass-fed, organic-all of these words can seem like jargon to the uninitiated. One phrase that is common nowadays is the term "grass-fed." Read on to get the low down on grass-fed meat and milk. Modern Conventional Farming Techniques Since World War II, most cattle in our...
  2. Watering Your Cows

    On a really hot summer\'s day, a single thousand pound cow can drink up to 20 gallons of water. Therefore, before you get your cows, you should consider carefully how you will provide them with water. For optimum health, weight gain, and milk production, cattle need to be given free access to all the clean, fresh water that they want. Troughs Cattle troughs are relatively cheap, and they can be moved around the farm. You can install hydrants near the troughs to make filling them more...
  3. Calculating Winter Feed Requirements for Cattle

    Most farmers would have started stockpiling for the winter months, especially forage resources for feeding their cattle. However, calculating how much you need is quite challenging, when you need to consider different variables. Here are certain important aspects that you should be considering while forming your estimates. While calculating requirements for winter feed, you need to first estimate the standing forage or hay. Secondly, you also have to factor in the quality of the forage to...
  4. Five Ways to Reduce Hay Waste in Winter

    Here in the Southeast, we have to feed hay for about five months of the year. Fortunately, by the time mid-March or early April hits, our cows can once again be grazing in the pastures. For over forty percent of the year, our cows will need to eat hay, but in other areas of the United States, that percentage of the year is much higher. When you figure that in the west or northeastern United States, cattle must eat hay for almost half the year, you realize that minimizing waste can save the...
  5. Wheat Hay As Cattle Feeding Alternative

    The price of feed is always going to be an issue in a society where inflation is always knocking at the door.Couple this with unpredictable pricing on commodities and world events and all the sudden your scrambling to feed your flock without declaring a bankruptcy. Obviously alternatives are in order. Wheat hay has been mentioned as a viable feed for cattle. No it is not nearly as exciting as feeding your herd candy canes, or candy corn or a Halloween-style buffet that would make Milton...
  6. Is Moldy Hay Alright for Cattle?

    A good friend of the community stopped by to ask some questions on hay. Having kept horses most of his life he was unsure whether cattle can eat hay forbidden for horses. The short answer is yes, but please stop by this thread to weigh in. [URL]http://www.cattleforum.com/showthread.php?t=18[/URL]
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