Nutrition - Ruminant

  • March 26, 2018

    The answer to his question has many aspects to it.  Cattle do have some level of what is referred to as “nutritional wisdom” in that when they have a nutrient deficiency, they will seek out sources of food that may have higher levels …

  • January 4, 2018

    Tips for Placing Mineral on Pasture

    Placing minerals on pasture is an important step in helping your cattle achieve proper nutrition. Kent Mills, Range Nutritionist with Hi-Pro Feeds has been helping ranchers optimize nutrition …

  • The sun rises over a West Texas landscape. On the right a title card says "Hi-Pro Feeds Presents A Quick Guide to: Body Condition Scoring with Range Nutritionist Kent Mills"

    September 21, 2017

    By Kent Mills, Range Nutritionist

    Body Condition Scoring is important for livestock operators because it gives them an opportunity to observe and determine whether their animals are gaining or losing weight. Body condition …

  • A graphic shows the pathway to profit in range management including Grazing Behavior, Plant ID and Nutrition

    In this three-part video series, Hi-Pro Feeds Range Nutritionist Kent Mills outlines the three essential pillars for managing your cattle operation. Knowledge of grazing behavior, plant identification, and the nutritional requirements of your cattle …

  • A black cow grazes.

    In this three-part video series, Hi-Pro Feeds Range Nutritionist Kent Mills outlines the three essential pillars for managing your cattle operation. In this video, he discusses grazing behaviors of beef cattle, and how, by observing how and where …

  • Tall West Texas grasses.

    In this three-part video series, Hi-Pro Feeds Range Nutritionist Kent Mills outlines the three essential pillars for managing your cattle operation. In this video, he discusses the importance of being able to identify the plants your cattle most …

  • A cowboy silhouette at dawn with a crescent moon overhead.

    Hi-Pro Feeds Range Nutritionist Kent Mills outlines the three essential pillars for managing your cattle operation. In this video, he describes the nutritional requirements of cattle throughout the year, and techniques for monitoring how well those …

  • A herd of cows gathers around a tank full of water.

    June 15, 2017

    The summer months in the southern US can present challenges for cattle producers. High heat, dry weather, and declining forage quality can put added stress on your cattle and limit your productivity. Kent Mills, range nutritionist at …

  • A girl in a plaid shirt leans down to kiss her show calf on the nose.

    January 5, 2017

    Raising a beef animal for the show ring is a long, time-consuming project involving many hours of feeding, grooming, exercising, and halter training. Every aspect of the project is vital to having success in the ring. “It’s …

  • Small herd of black angus cattle stand in grass and look toward the camera.

    One of the hardest ideas to get across to people about ruminant nutrition is that ruminants need roughage in their diet.  People understand better the need for protein, energy, minerals as such in the diet, but they think that an ingredient …

  • Two Black Angus cattle walk through water and drink.

    One question that I get from cattle producers this time of the year is, “How good is the grass we have this year?”  Since every year is different, that’s a legitimate question, because rainfall and grazing can definitely affect forage quality as we …

  • Two brown cows sit in tall grass

    The first in an ongoing series we’re offering on important minerals for your livestock.  This week, Calcium!

    Calcium is one of the most abundant minerals in the feeds that livestock normally consume.  Because of this, it is one of the hardest …

  • A group of multi-colored calves gather around the camera.

    Have you ever asked yourself whether or not your livestock are all getting the feed you put out for them?  Whether you feed on the ground in native pastures, or in troughs in pens, how confident are you that all of your animals are getting their …

  • A sheep grazes in the foreground while cattle gather in the background, all grazing the same pasture.

    All of you know that trying to get livestock to do what you want them to do can be very frustrating.  This is never more apparent that when you are trying to get your animals to graze parts a pasture they don’t normally use.  However, there are some …

  • A herd of brown cattle cross a road that cuts through green grass with a windmill in the background.

    Summer is almost here. I know it seems strange to talk about supplementation during the summer, but really, summer forage conditions can be used to clarify supplementing livestock better than winter.  I mean, you expect to have to supplement animals …

  • A small herd of white cattle gather near a wood fence.

    Multiple-species grazing has been proven over the years to increase carrying capacity and benefit the range environment, if done correctly. Each type of ruminant we manage, cattle, sheep, goats, and deer all use a unique combination of the different …

  • A small herd of white sheep gather around a feeder.

    Producers often ask me whether they should feed a meal, pellet, block, or textured feed for their livestock.  The answer is that the best form of feed will depend on many factors: the type of livestock, if there is more than one species to eat the …

  • A white cow with a yellow ear tag looks toward the camera.

    We are always happy to answer customer questions at any time.  This week, one of our clients asked:

    "My veterinarian said my sheep have coccidiosis.  What is that and what do I do about it?"

    Coccidiosis is a condition caused by organisms of the …

  • A photo of a rolling plain with green and yellow grass, blue sky and clouds.

    For those of you that graze improved pastures, or have reseeded native pastures to grasses that are supposed to improve growth, are you getting the production you think you should?  Maybe your soils are not up to producing the quantity and quality …

  • A man with a hat and a bucket looks on as a small herd eats whole cottonseed off the ground.

    "I enjoyed your article about cottonseed, but what about gossypol and aflatoxin?"

    Good point!  I concentrated on the nutritional aspects of cottonseed and did not cover the potential problems with cottonseed.  Gossypol is always present in …