Archive for the ‘Cattle’ Category

Sunglo Show Feed Event

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019
Aug
29
6:30 pm

Sunglo Show Feed EventMake plans to join us for a Sunglo Show Feed Event! On Thursday, August 29, stop by the store at 6:30 for a presentation by Pete and Jeff. They are our very own Sunglo representatives and are looking forward to talking with you. They are very knowledgeable about the industry and are prepared to answer all of your questions. Don’t forget to bring a notepad and pencil so you can jot down anything new you learn!

This beef show feed clinic covers the fundamentals of preparing for the upcoming fair season. It’s important to learn as much as you can before your project begins so you can start off on the right foot…or should we say hoof. Also, feeding and nutrition are two major topics that are covered in the workshop. Understanding the important balance between the two will equip you with the tools to be successful all the way into the show ring. Pete and Jeff are also discussing how to care for the health of your steer. They take pride in educating their customers with helpful information and examples to make your outcome better. Take it from us, you do not want to miss out on this information! You have the unique opportunity to ask questions from the experts, so take advantage of that.

There will be exclusive Sunglo prizes up for grabs as well as light refreshments. So mark your calendars so you don’t forget! To RSVP for our Sunglo Show Feed Event, see below.

Cattle Mineral Tips for Fall

Saturday, August 10th, 2019

preparing your cattle for fallFall is approaching, which means it’s time to prepare your herd for the months ahead. Cattle nutrient requirements vary from season to season, so it’s important to evaluate the effectiveness of your feed program. Check out these tips for creating a healthy mineral program and preparing your cattle for fall.

Quick, timely considerations for your Purina cattle mineral program.

  • Understand your phosphorus levels as grasses dry down. For grass low in phosphorus, consider a high-phosphorus cattle mineral to meet animal needs.
  • Continue using Purina® Wind and Rain® Storm® Fly Control Mineral with Altosid® (IGR) 30 days after the first frost to prevent flies from overwintering and jump-starting spring populations.
  • Building base mineral and vitamin stores pre-weaning can help calves stay healthy. Provide Purina® Stress Tubs for calves in the creep feeder cage. If you don’t creep feed, make sure calves have access to a cattle mineral feeder with the rest of the cow herd.
  • Cows may crave salt more as grasses dry down. It can be helpful to provide additional salt in a granular mineral mix. Provide free-choice salt if using a cattle mineral tub that does not contain salt (i.e. non-complete).

Try Purina® minerals today through the Feed Greatness® Challenge and prepare your cattle for fall.

 

Source: Kent Tjardes, Ph.D., Field Cattle Consultant

Honor Show Chow Seminar

Monday, July 29th, 2019
Aug
17
9:00 am

Join us for our Honor Show Chow Seminar on August 17, 2019! This event is from 9:00-11:00 AM at our 1501 Eastern Ave location. Samantha is excited to lead this informational workshop and kick start show season! Some of the topics we are discussing are knowing when to transition Honor Show Chow feeds throughout the duration of the process, which supplements to include in their regiment, and helpful tips to prepare your steer for the show ring. Samantha’s demonstration will highlight the target areas you should focus on improving before the final weigh-in. Make sure you come prepared to learn!

Some of the Purina Honor Show Chow products include Full Control, Full Range, Fitter’s Edge, and Finishing Touch. These are the most crucial feeds to provide to your growing calf. Don’t worry, Samantha will talk about them all! Also, an important supplement to remember is Purina High Octane. These ingredients are beneficial to overall health. For more details on these feeds, please visit here.

You won’t want to miss out on the information prepared for our Honor Show Chow Seminar! In order to have enough room for everyone, please let us know you are planning to attend. Please RSVP here.

Summer Forage for Cattle

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Summer Forage for CattlePasture looks excellent right now, so why pay attention to forage for cattle?

There are simple things you can do to make the most of summer forage for cattle today and further on down the road:

1. Implement a grazing plan

Rotational grazing gives pastures a rest compared to grazing them continuously. You can rotate cattle between pastures as often as once a day to as little as once a month. Either way, rotational grazing can help ensure the quality and quantity of forage for cattle throughout summer. Simply splitting a cattle pasture in half can help.

2. Consider soil fertility

Just like you need to look at cattle requirements each winter and determine if you need to supplement, the same holds true for soil. Work with an agronomist to test your soil. Test results will tell you if you need to fertilize to combat gaps in soil fertility.

Remember, soil fertility will impact not only forage quantity but will also influence quality – especially protein. What your cattle eat is a direct result of soil fertility.

3. Hone in harvest

There’s no “right” time to harvest crops. Harvest typically occurs when there’s a happy medium of quantity and quality. Time harvest to match the quality of forage desired. Keep in mind that as forage for cattle matures digestibility and protein tend to drop. Also look at ways to minimize leaf loss and consider the use of a preservative to help with forage storage.

4. Manage cattle pasture quality decline

As you get into July and August, forage for cattle matures and pasture quality declines. You may need to supplement to meet cattle requirements. Supplementation is especially vital in spring-calving herds with cows still lactating. Don’t overlook calves; as cattle pasture quality declines, consider offering calves supplemental creep feed.

Fast fact: Providing creep feed to calves as pasture quality declines in late summer can help offset a nutritional gap. A creep feed program using Intake Modifying Technology® can efficiently assure calves reach their genetic potential for gain. 

Does your nutrition program stack up? Find out with a Proof Pays feeding trial.

 

Source: Chad Zehnder, Ph.D., Field Cattle Consultant

Preparing Livestock For Hurricanes

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Preparing Livestock For HurricanesPreparing Livestock For Hurricanes: Before the Hurricane – Plan Ahead!

Before hurricane season begins…

  • Make sure all animals have current immunizations and horses have a current coggins test. Keep a record with you.
  • Identify your livestock – A permanent hot iron or freeze brand on cattle and horses registered with county clerk is best.
  • Horses can also be permanently identified with microchips or tattoos.

More options…

  • Take a picture of your animal with a family member in the photo as proof of ownership.
  • Purchase fetlock ID bands for horses and place them on both front feet.
  • Using small animal trimmers & clip the owner’s phone number on necks of horses.
  • Braid a waterproof luggage tag with medication and owner information into the horse’s tail or mane.

Prepare “Disaster Kit”

  • Have basic veterinary supplies (antiseptic, bandages, wrap, antibiotics)
  • Handling equipment such as halters, leads, and cages.
  • Sanitation supplies
  • Water, feed, buckets

If not evacuating livestock…

  • Remove animals from closed barns as damage to barn by wind could injure or kill them.
  • Most damage to buildings, pens, and animals comes from wind and flying objects so the ability to protect them in advance from these dangers greatly reduces injury.
  • Turn large livestock out into large pastures with solid shelter or tall brush on high ground.

Preparing Youth Livestock Projects

  • Show Broilers, Turkeys, and Swine: Don’t attempt to evacuate. The stress of travel is more on these animals than leaving them at home with a three to four day supply of feed and water. Have a generator on hand.
  • Show Horses, Beef Cattle, Goats, Rabbits, and Lambs: Evacuate these animals. They will handle the stress of travel better than swine and poultry. Travel with water and food keeping animals comfortable. It’s best to travel at night with your show animals.

Evacuating…

  • Animals should be evacuated no less than 72 hours before storm makes landfall.
  • Before getting on the road, check trailers to make sure they are good in condition.
  • When loading trailers, don’t overcrowd animals – take water supply with you.

Where to go…

  • A list of livestock shelters is available by dialing 2-1-1
  • Know in advance where you and your livestock go.

After the hurricane…

  • As soon as it is safe, livestock owners should check on the condition of their animals or have someone do it for you if you are away. Be prepared to take feed, hay, water, basic livestock first aid supplies, wire cutters, and other tools.
  • As soon as possible, move the animals out of any flooded areas to dry or covered locations.
  • Check for injuries and render first aid as needed.
  • Serious injuries will require veterinary attention.
  • Give stressed animals clean feed or hay and water. Provide animals that have not had access to feed for one or more days a little feed the first few days. Gradually increase it over a week to full feed.
  • Do not give wet or moldy feed to any animal. Wet hay, as long as it is not moldy, is good filler. Remember to check the hay for fire ants. Dry feed will be best for all classes of livestock.
  • High water will cause snakes to seek higher ground as well. Rattlesnakes, water moccasins, and copperheads are the principle snakes affecting livestock since they can strike and envenom quickly.
  • Water quality will also be an issue, especially for livestock in populated areas that drink from streams, bayous, and tanks that fill with rain runoff. This water could be contaminated with salt water from storm surges, petroleum products, dead animals, and fecal material from flooded septic tanks and sewer systems. If possible, water livestock from cleaner water sources until these can be evaluated.
  • If there are dead animals on your property, dispose of them properly if possible. Cover with tarps to avoid predators or use lime if available. Dead animals cannot be burned without permission of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. This might be waived in case of a natural disaster.

Source: Texas A&M System AgriLife Extension Service

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