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Hay vs. Haylage: Is there a difference?

Darren D. Henry, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Very often there is a gap that exists between an optimal weaning time and availability of cool season forages for grazing in the southeastern US. As summer is coming into full swing, it is important that producers are preparing for the winter months ahead….
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Maintaining a Clean Water Trough for Cattle

Martin Wunderly, Raymond Fitzpatrick, Robyn Stewart, Shanna Reynolds, and Pedro Fontes – Good quality water is essential for adequate animal performance and cattle need between 8 to 20 gallons of water per day, depending on size, diet, status, and weather. As we get into the warmest months of the year, having…
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The Cheapest Mineral Isn’t Really Cheap

Dr. Francis Fluharty. Professor and Head. Department of Animal and Dairy Science. The major nutritional requirements are: water, energy, protein, minerals, and vitamins. In many cases, beef producers do a good job of providing adequate water, energy, and protein. However, many beef producers buy ‘cheap’ minerals, ignoring the fact that…
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Do Tannins Have a Place in Beef Production

Andrea Osorio-Doblado and Dr. Darren D. Henry Tannins can be perceived as “antinutritional factors” in ruminant diets. However, when they are provided from low to medium concentrations (< 50 g/kg DM), tannins can improve utilization of feed protein and positively influence animal performance. This short article provides an overview of…
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Tough Conversations

Jason Duggin – Extension Specialist The topic of cow size could lead to some tough conversations on our operations. Cow inputs account for most of an operation’s expenses on a per head basis. With that in mind, this article will take look at cow weights and how they might affect…
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A Basic Approach to Winter Supplementation of the Beef Cow Herd

Dr. Francine Henry – Beef Cattle Nutritionist Winter supplementation of energy and protein are crucial to maximize the herd’s performance. Fall-calving herds are typically near peak lactation this time of the year meaning that cows are at their greatest nutrient requirements. In this article, Dr. Francine Henry discusses important concepts…
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Nutritional Considerations Going into Calving

Lawton Stewart, Extension Animal Scientist, UGA Roger Gates, Whitfield County Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent, UGA Cooperative Extension This year has proved to be quite an interesting one.  Most producers were able to put up plenty of hay.  However, due to average to above average rainfall, a large proportion of…
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