The winter feeding season for the beef cow herd is all but here. Hopefully well before now you developed and implemented a plan for meeting your herd’s nutritional needs through the winter. At this point your options are fairly set. Hay should already be in the barn, either bought or baled on the farm. Winter grazing should already be planted and hopefully up and growing. Arrangements should be made for commodity feeds. Regardless of what plan you have in place and especially if you had no plan in place there are some inevitable questions that begin to arise once those limited feed resources begin to get used up. Do I really have enough hay? Is that hay I bought really any good? Did I plant enough grazing? Do I need to supplement my hay? What’s my best option for supplementation? Will my cows stay in good enough shape to breed back?
For help answering these and other similar questions that face cattlemen this time of year attend Beef Cattle Winter Feeding Considerations. This seminar will be held in Chipley the evening of Thursday, December 3rd. Space is limited, preregistration is required. Call Mark Mauldin (850-638-6180) at the UF/IFAS Washington County Extension Office to register. There is a $5 registration fee, payable at the door. Dinner will be served at the event. See the flyer below for more details.