Nutrition - USA - Ruminant

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • One question that I get from cattle producers this time of the year is, “How good is this grass we have this year?”  Especially in a year as dry and hot as this one has been, that’s a legitimate question.

    However, at least with cattle, your animals …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • "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 …

  • Every year at least one person asks me whether or not whole cottonseed can be fed to their livestock.  And after all of these years, I am still surprised at the question.

    Upland cottonseed is one of the best supplements, from a nutritional …

  • Probably the most overlooked, but most frequently used mineral for our livestock is salt, chemically known an sodium chloride.  Everyone knows that livestock need salt, but how much do they need, and how do you use this requirement to your advantage? …

  • Potassium is probably the Rodney Dangerfield of the minerals in ruminant nutrition.  It doesn’t get any respect, or attention.  However, it is an extremely important nutrient that is involved in maintaining the acid-base relationship in the body, …

  • When you look at nutrition as a whole, it is really hard to say that one nutrient is more important than others.  Without energy, the body and the microorganisms would not have the fuel to function.  Without minerals, the chemical reactions that …

  • I use the term “effective rainfall” because not all of the moisture that hits the ground is usable to the plants.  Much of the rainfall that you get each year never finds its way into the soil to be used by the plants.  And much that does reach the …