Plan ahead for win­ter

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE - Top Coun­try

AS WIN­TER ap­proaches it is a good time to start think­ing about a dry lick pro­gram for the com­ing sea­son.

It’s a good idea to start feed­ing lick six weeks out from calv­ing de­pend­ing on the con­di­tion of the cows.

Over the past two years we have no­ticed cat­tle in dif­fer­ent ar­eas re­quire dif­fer­ent lev­els of ni­tro­gen and phos­pho­rus and even on big­ger prop­er­ties cat­tle in dif­fer­ent pad­docks have been tak­ing dif­fer­ent lick de­pend­ing on soil type and wa­ter qual­ity.

While pur­su­ing max­i­mum an­i­mal health, the end re­sult must be seen in the cat­tle main­tain­ing good con­di­tion, rear­ing good qual­ity calves at a fair and rea­son­able cost.

Even though it may ap­pear to cost more to start ear­lier in the sea­son peo­ple have found that it is eas­ier to keep their breed­ers on a more con­sis­tent in­take than by start­ing them later in the year and try­ing to play catch up with con­di­tion.

Dur­ing the past year there have been more and more clients in the dis­trict feed­ing re­place­ment steers and heifers and bul­locks to fin­ish lev­els. By us­ing a very soft dry lick they have been able to achieve faster growth rates and de­sired fin­ish­ing times for bul­locks.

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