Season of Thanks Means Taking Care of Mother Cows in Preparation for Calving
But with Thanksgiving upon us, its also a good reminder that we are in late fall and for ranchers this time of year requires different nutritional requirements for mother cows.
Boone Carter is a nutrition and production consultant for PerforMix Nutrition Systems in Blackfoot, Idaho.
"One aspect of nutrition that gets overlooked sometimes is colostrum quality and the impact we have earlier in the year" said Carter. "I used to think colostrum was developed over a few days before the cow calves but when you look at the research it's a longer period of time. So, if the cow has all the tools she needs from a protein, energy and trace mineral status prior to developing that colostrum, then she's going to develop higher quality colostrum. And that means her calf has a higher likelihood of thriving and surviving the different stresses and immune challenges that it's going to face in that first 90 days of life."
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