Feeding & Feedstuffs
for the Cow-Calf Herd
The annual cost to feed the herd these days can be mind-boggling. Increasing pasture rents, competition for feedstuffs and increasing input costs certainly complicate efforts to control the feed bill.
Yet experts agree, nutrition is not an area in which cattlemen can afford to skimp. In fact, in the Priorities First research project conducted by Tom Field at Colorado State University (CSU), cow herd nutrition ranked as the No. 1 management priority in the cow-calf business, followed closely by pasture and range management — also a large part of the nutrition equation.
Sponsored by the American Angus Association®, Priorities First is a comprehensive effort to prioritize management and economic issues for cow-calf producers. The study included questions regarding cost control. It’s no surprise that respondents indicated “harvested forage and supplemental feed costs” as being the most critical cost-control point.
With this in mind, we introduce this Feeding & Feedstuffs site to provide a portal to information available online to help you maximize pasture utilization and optimize feeding of harvested forages and supplements to efficiently meet the nutritional needs of your herd. This site compiles articles published in the Angus Journal, the Angus Beef Bulletin and other industry sources on both Traditional and Alternative feedstuffs, as well as those on general feeding Management. The Resources page provides links to additional web-based resources, while the Newsroom provides the latest news releases from academia and industry. Use the keyword search to search this site.
We hope you will take time to explore this site and our other topic sites (see column to the left). If you have information you think would contribute to the site, find a broken link or want additional information in a certain area, please bring it to our attention.
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