cattle involves providing feeds that are both nutritious and rich in
energy in order to achieve maximum production from beef cattle and
milking cows. Many farmers around the world have developed means and
ways to make sure their livestock are meeting the necessary demand by
finding the perfect feeds and methods of feeding cattle during the two
most critical seasons of the year.
In winter, cattle become more vulnerable to the cold temperatures, which
is why feed intake is crucial. Cattle are fed mostly hay during the
winter time, so best be stocked with more than enough hay. Along with
hay, there should be enough water troughs and places for the cows to
drink. And since winter makes water freeze, there should be an abundant
supply of melted ice water that should last for a good 24 hours. Winter
also makes feeding cattle a bit difficult because of the lack of grain
feeds, which only grow during the warmer months of the year. Therefore,
farmers can resort to artificially grown grain mixes which they can
stock just before the winter season kicks in.
Summer is when feeding cattle becomes more exhausting because there is a
need to keep forages in their freshest state, and to make sure they
contain as much fiber as the cows need in order to lactate or grow into
good quality beef cattle. At this time of the year, grains such as corn,
cottonseed, legumes, and other feeds are abundant which is why there
should be enough containers and feeding stalls so the cows will have
more than enough space come feeding time. It is necessary, however, that
the farmer knows how to regulate the intake of the cows, especially
during this time of year when as said, feeds are abundant.
Farmers need nutritious feed in order to sustain the beef and dairy
cattle. Improved ways for feeding dairy cattle include timing the
feedings with the lactation process where the early, middle to late, and
inactive stages of lactation have different and corresponding feeding
schedules. Feeding programs are often devised pertinent to the season
and weather conditions, to facilitate the feeding in order to meet the
world's food demand.
In addition, farmers that work on
calves and cattle during the summer
months, especially now that there is global warming, must supply their
cattle with feeds that contain more soluble protein and energy as they
will most likely lose much of their energy because of the exertions or
when lactating becomes harder as the heat of the weather drives on.
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