Is your feedlot ready for winter?
As the fieldwork comes to an end, we start thinking about getting ready for the winter months ahead. Winterizing buildings, checking waterers, and preparing equipment for the colder months are at the top of many producers' lists. But what about feedlots? There are some steps to take to ensure that your feedlot cattle are ready for the winter as well.
Evaluating corn for livestock feed
Whether you buy your corn or raise it yourself, you need to evaluate the grain before feeding it to cattle. High quality corn is a key input in steer performance. On the other hand, poor quality corn can lead to significant problems.
Fall is prime time for lice
Fall is the time of year when lice love to hitch a ride on the backs of cattle for the winter. Act now to prevent lice from affecting your feedlot cattle.
Veterinary Feed Directive Update
Starting January 1, 2017, producers that feed medicated feed to their cattle will be required to have a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), as directed by the FDA.
Receiving cattle guidelines
A thorough receiving program can help get your cattle off to a good start and will reduce losses due to injury and illness. Taking the time to prepare and handling your cattle carefully are important steps in maximizing the profit potential of your newly arrived cattle.
Starting purchased cattle
Follow these tips to help newly purchased cattle transition to your operation and get off to a good start.
Warmer weather means the onslaught of flies, a condition which can reduce intakes and gains in feedlot cattle. Control the fly population in your lots to prevent problems.
Managing Heat Stress
Hot and humid conditions can reduce feed intake, reduce gains, and impair cattle health. Take steps to reduce the affects of heat stress.
Are your cattle getting enough water?
Water intake directly affects feed intake. Make sure your cattle are getting enough water this summer.
Summer feed handling recommendations
Use special care when handling feed in summer weather conditions.