Cow Nutrition requirements calving to breeding

Thanks to South Dakota State Extension for this article! Nutritional management of the cow herd is more important during the periods of late pregnancy and early lactation than any other time in the annual production cycle. “Nutrition has a huge impact on the performance of both the cow and the newborn calf,” said Ken Olson,…

via Cow Nutrition Requirements: Calving to Breeding — On Pasture

Be sure to check your corn silage for mycotoxins

Mycotoxins influence feed quality and animal safety.


Corn silage samples from across the entirety of the U.S. in 2017 have shown extremely high levels of mycotoxins, particularly deoxynivalenol (DON), type A trichothecenes (T-2), fusaric acid and fumonisin.

Mycotoxins are a regular concern for producers, as they influence feed quality and animal safety. They are produced by certain species of molds and can have toxic properties that impact animal health and performance.

“Understanding the risk of mycotoxins and combinations of mycotoxins, even at lower levels, allows livestock owners and managers to institute a management program for more optimum performance and health,” said Dr. Max Hawkins, nutritionist with the Alltech Mycotoxin Management team. “Testing feed stuffs and finished feeds is paramount to putting this management program in action.”

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Feed sample testing in the 37+ lab at Alltech Headquarters in Nicholasville, Kentucky.