This week’s bitter cold temperatures means cattle producers will be bumping up rations as animals need extra energy to stay warm.

Colby Elford is a Livestock and Feed Extension Specialist and says making sure that cow has the feed and nutrients she needs is key with the drop in temperature.

“They need more grain during that time and one of the good rules of thumb; for a mature beef cow they could use an extra pound of barley for every five-degree drop below-20.”

Producers need to balance the ratio of calcium to phosphorus in the diet at about 2:1.

Elford notes grain is higher in phosphorus, plus this year producers are feeding more green feed or salvage crops that may have got hailed which then are also typically higher in phosphorus.

He says if producers are feeding alternative feeds make sure you’ve done a feed test so you know what you’re feeding and can bump up nutrients as required.

He says it’s very important for animals in the final trimester and after calving.

“About 75% of the growth of that fetus occurs in the third trimester, so there’s a lot of energy and protein that is required for that. There’s generally speaking about a 15% energy requirement during that third trimester for the animal to meet all the needs of that fetus and the momma cow.”

He notes and with the extremely cold temperatures it’s important to get the newborn calves dried off and warm as quickly as possible to avoid hypothermia and frostbite.

More Ag News

Livestock Needs Increase With Cold Temperatures

With temperatures expected to stay below average, coupled with the extreme lows experienced in the recent past, poor spring runoff may not be the only issue cattle producers are faced with. Colder…

Federal Dollars Earmarked For Updating Livestock Codes Of Practice

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced $4.5 million dollars in funding to help update and develop Codes of Practice for the livestock and aquaculture sector. “Our Government is…

Corteva Agriscience Acquires Clearfield Canola In Canada And U.S.

Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, announced that it has acquired the Clearfield Canola Production System in Canada and the United States from BASF. Clearfield canola is a…

Federal Ag Minister Visits The U-S

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay is south of the border this week. MacAulay is meeting with United States Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Mexican Agriculture Secretary Victor…

New Brown Mustard Hybrid Producer Trials

Canada is the world's largest mustard exporter but is facing increased competition from the United States, Ukraine, and Russia. Dr. Bifang Cheng and her team at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in…

CFIA Publishes Amendments To Health Of Animals Regulations On Animal Transportation

On Wednesday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) published amendments to the Health of Animals Regulations on animal transportation. The overall objective is that animals arrive at their…

Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association Frustrated With Federal Carbon Tax

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association believes that the coalition opposing the federal carbon tax is the right and necessary step. Last week marked the Province’s legal court challenge in…

Prairie Grain Monitor Provides Update

Canada's Prairie grain monitor says that as of the end of December, there was roughly 22 million metric tonnes of grain moved out of the country. Quorum Corporation President Mark Hemmes says that's…

Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association Frustrated With Federal Carbon Tax

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association believes that the coalition opposing the federal carbon tax is the right and necessary step. Last week marked the Province’s legal court challenge in…

Prairie Grain Monitor Provides Update

Canada's Prairie grain monitor says that as of the end of December, there was roughly 22 million metric tonnes of grain moved out of the country. Quorum Corporation President Mark Hemmes says that's…

Drew Lerner's 2019 Saskatchewan Weather Forecast

It should be a much better crop year for farmers in the prairies this year. The Senior Agri-Meteorologist with World Weather Inc says farmers in southern Saskatchewan will still be looking for some…

NFU Supports Federal Government Right To Implement National Carbon Tax

Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal recently heard the Provinces court case against the Federal Governments jurisdictional power to impose the Carbon Tax. The National Farmers Union sent a brief into the…

DiscoverEstevan.com is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login