7July, 2014


Cattle eat a lot of food each day; in fact cattle will consume an average of 1.5% to 3.0% of their weight daily depending on the quality of the food.  With eating so much you want to make sure that you are feeding your cattle in the proper way to ensure that they are receiving enough nutrition and they will be able to fulfill their purpose.

The best advice for feeding cattle is to develop feed formations based on the cattle that you own.  To develop what is right for your cattle there is software available as well as agricultural extension programs available online.

There are certain requirements for cattle based on their:

  • Gender
  • Body Condition Score
  • Type Of Cattle Being Raised
  • Whether Your Cattle Need To Gain/Lose Weight
  • Breed Type
  • Type Of Operation You Are Running
  • The Climate In The Location Where You Live

When it comes to the changing of the seasons, you will typically need to change your cattle’s diet as well.  In the winter foraging is scarce so you will most likely need to switch to a hay and protein rich diet.  When making the switch do it slowly, making a major modification in the cattle’s diet can cause them to become ill.  The animals need sufficient time for their digestive tracts to adjust.

As long as you continue to stay well informed on the type of cattle that you have and the type of production you have, you will ensure happy and healthy cattle.