Low Corn Production, Increase Risk of Health Issues
What’s the issue?
- With this past summer’s drought, feed production (especially corn) is down for many producers and costs are high.
- This has been causing many issues making sure cattle are being fed a balanced ration with all the necessary components such as: starches, protein, fats, fiber and Dry Matter Intake (DMI).
- Due to the shortage, producers have to go to unusual places, like bakeries and candy shops, to find items that can replace low starch levels, however; these places are not always the cheapest or healthiest options.
What’s the impact?
- If cattle do not have a balanced ration, they can develop acidosis that affects the cow’s reproduction and leads to poor transition, increased potential foot issues and decreased overall milk production; all resulting in profit loss for producers.
- Meet with your herd veterinarian and nutritionist to actively evaluate and determine any changes that can be made to your current protocols.
- Use the information they share with you to help increase milk production (through higher protein and milk fat content), improve reproduction results and develop overall advanced herd health.