Meet nutrition demands of cattle with lic tubs

It’s been a beautiful fall and we can all finally breathe a little bit easier as the crops are off the fields, cows are hitting the stalks and feed yards are ringing with the serenading song of bawling calves. Fall brings an extremely busy time of year for all cattle producers as you rush to put up the best silages, earlages and high moisture corn piles as possible for the upcoming cattle feeding year. During the haste it is important to remember that the cows on residue will be carrying this next year’s calf crop and while it’s easy to forget about them going to stalks, it’s important to make sure you don’t short change them as they begin to transition to late gestation.

While utilizing stalk residue is an economical way to feed cows this time of year, it’s also important to try to glean as much as you can for the sake of your cows condition from this crop. Utilizing Stalk Buster 30 tubs provides you with every opportunity to get the most out of your fields and meet the demands of your gestating cow herd. Obtaining as much out of the crop forage source is integral in supporting the energy demands of the cows. Stalk Buster 30 contains a fermentation extract that helps open up the poorly digestible stalks and helps convert that fiber into energy; supporting the mid to late gestation cows body condition score and gleaning the most out of your field. Additional protein supplementation during late-mid gestation is key in supporting the growing fetus.

Don’t forget those newly received calves will also be experiencing a high degree of stress as they transition to fermented feedstuffs and a new environment. Research has proven that intakes of newly received calves can be sporadic with only 70% of them frequenting the bunk by day seven (Wagner et. Al, 1991). To help combat this issue, and ensure that calves are consuming vitamins and trace minerals, utilize the Bovine Stress Lic with Stealth 5™. This product is highly fortified to help calves with the immune challenges they will be facing in the days ahead. With proper nutritional support, cattle will stay healthier, start on feed better and respond better to supervised vaccination programs. The goal of a stress lic is to get calves to produce saliva (buffer), digest high quality nutrients (chelated trace minerals) and reduce the risk of scours and disease (Stealth 5).

Don’t forget that Form-A-feed is currently running our fall Form-A-Lic tub promotion. Visit your local Form-A-Feed Joint Venture to receive a coupon worth $4.00 off per tub. Contact us to find a Joint Venture near you!

By, Heidi Doering-Resch, M.S.
Form-A-Feed Beef Technical Services