Plan ahead for winter
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.