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November Feed Tip

Nov 02, 2020



With colder weather seemingly here to stay, and calving season beginning in roughly 100 days, it is time to start evaluating body condition scores (BCS), and brood cow nutrition.  Having cows that are over conditioned or under conditioned can have a costly impact on your operation and affect your bottom line.  For thin cattle with a BCS in the ranges of 1-4 some of the problems associated with this include failure to cycle, failure to conceive, increased calving interval, increased days to estrus, and decreased calf vigor.  For fat cattle with a BCS in the range of 8-9, problems associated include being costly to maintain, increased incidence of dystocia (calving troubles), impaired mobility, failure to cycle, and failure to conceive. 

Knowing what we know about BCS, and its correlation to reproduction and overall productivity,  it is important to score your herd for an average near calving season to ensure that we can mitigate any potential risk that comes with cattle being over or under conditioned.  In todays beef herd, cattle should maintain a BCS in the range of 5-7 leading up to calving.  Depending on what your herd’s BCS average is, we at Mid Iowa Coop can put together a custom brood cow nutrition program to get your herd to their ideal BCS for calving season.  For questions about diets, or BCS please contact the feed office, or your area MIC Feed Representative for more information.  We would be happy to come help score your cows or put together a custom feeding plan for your herd!  Below is a link to a BCS guide to help you better understand how to BCS your cattle. 
                
 
https://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/pdf/ec281.pdf
 


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