Don’t cut corners on cattle rations because of high feed costs

Don’t cut corners on cattle rations because of high feed costs

As cattle producers struggle with tight margins because of higher feed costs, an extension educator reminds them not to cut corners on feed rations.

Travis Meteer with the University of Illinois tells Brownfield for a cow/calf operation feed accounts for about 60% of total costs and it is a large input for feedlots, but proper management can help make ends meets.

“There has been a lot of talk about subbing out corn and using alternative feeds so get with your local extension specialist and use those tools to compare feedstuffs on a cost per unit for energy and that will help you make profitable decisions on those alternatives.”

He says producers need to work with their nutritionist to be sure feed substitutions meet the nutritional needs of the herd.

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