16% Range Cubes
by Jimmy Hughes
As we enter into winter, this is a good time to think about what feed options may be available. This is also a good time to look at the body condition of your cows and see if they need extra supplementation to improve that condition before we get into the cold and wet conditions of January. Cattle going into winter in thin body condition normally will not improve body condition until summer. Cattle in thin condition will be more susceptible to disease, have poorer reproductive performance and, in severe cases, may not survive the winter chill.
If you are considering the possibility of feeding a range cube to either improve body condition or to offer during extreme weather conditions, I would recommend feeding our high energy 16% Range Cubes. This all-natural, high-energy cube will help provide your cattle with extra energy to improve overall body condition when compared to most range cubes on the market. The cubes are very convenient to feed as most producers just pour them out on the ground. They are very hard and will not melt away on wet grass.
I would recommend you feed based upon the current body conditions of your cattle. Evaluate the current body conditions and feed the cubes at a daily rate of five pounds per head per day and increase up to eight pounds per day for cattle in poor body condition. Feed until the cows reach the desired body condition you are looking for as a producer.
These 16% Range Cubes are available at your local Quality Co-op.
Jimmy Hughes is AFC's animal nutritionist.