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Chad Zehnder

Cattle Consultant for the North Central Region

Land O'Lakes , Inc.

HQ Phone: (651) 481-2222

Email: c***@***.com

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Land O'Lakes , Inc.

4001 Lexington Avenue N

Arden Hills, Minnesota 55126

United States

Company Description

Land O'Lakes, Inc., one of America's premier agribusiness and food companies, is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations that span the spectrum from farm production to consumer foods. With 2014 annual sales of more than $15 billion, La ... more

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Ph.D.

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American Chianina Journal

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The panel consisted of Chad Zehnder, Jarrod Gillig, Angie Denton, and Kyle McMillan.

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Lastly, Chad Zehnder, Land O' Lakes Cattle Consultant for the North Central Region, summarized what had attributed to his career successes in five words: • Educate • Diversify


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The panel consisted of Chad Zehnder, Jarrod Gillig, Angie Denton, and Kyle McMillan.

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Lastly, Chad Zehnder, Land O' Lakes Cattle Consultant for the North Central Region, summarized what had attributed to his career successes in five words:• Educate• Diversify


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"For spring calving herds, the winter months can be the most demanding," says Chad Zehnder, Ph.D. and cattle consultant with Purina Animal Nutrition. "During this time, a cow is coming out of her second trimester and moving into the third, and the growing fetus and inclement weather puts increased demands on the cow. At the same time, we need to make sure she's primed for a successful calving season."

To best prepare for your herd's winter needs, Zehnder recommends the following:
1. Take inventory of feed and labor resources
"Whether we're using stored or harvested forages, stockpiled grass or winter range, we need to make sure we're meeting the cow's nutritional requirements," says Zehnder. He recommends producers take inventory of feed resources. "We need to know both quantity and quality of forage so that we can plan ahead for winter supplementation needs."
Zehnder also recommends taking note of your labor resources.
"Supplementation strategies can range from feeding a total mixed ration (TMR) to utilizing liquid or tub supplements," says Zehnder.
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Nutrition strategies will vary if you are working to maintain a BCS score or if you need to add weight to build up to those scores," says Zehnder.
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There's still time to change BCS prior to calving," says Zehnder, who adds, "Maintaining a consistent BCS year-round is the recommended strategy."
3. Take a look at animal health protocols
Zehnder also recommends working with a veterinarian to make sure that your animal health protocols are in place and up-to-date going into the winter months.
"There's never a bad time to look over protocols, and it's especially important as we go into calving to make sure everything from vaccinations and deworming to calf health protocols are in place and ready to go," he says. "Come spring calving, you'll be confident in the steps you've taken to prepare both the cow and her newborn calf for success."
If producers don't prepare for winter herd needs, they could see a situation where cows go backwards in BCS, creating potential rebreeding challenges.
"If a cow is not prepared going into her time of highest nutrient requirement - lactation -- she will likely enter the breeding season in poor body condition, which could lead to trouble getting that cow rebred," adds Zehnder. "Evaluating your feed and labor resources, maintaining an acceptable BCS, and making sure your animal health protocols are up to par can help your herd thrive through the winter and into spring."
For more information on wintertime nutrition, contact Chad Zehnder at (612) 554-2154 or CMZehnder@landolakes.com or go to: www.purinamills.com/cattle/.


"We need to be thinking about ...

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"We need to be thinking about the results we want," says Chad Zehnder, Ph.D., cattle consultant, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC. "What does the steer weigh currently? What do we want him to weigh on show day? With heifers it's not much different, but you may have multiple target dates to keep in mind." Zehnder recommends a multi-step approach for developing a nutrition program:

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"Not every animal is going to have the same program," says Zehnder.
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Zehnder emphasizes the importance of highly palatable feeds and access to clean, fresh water. "We need to be able to keep cattle on feed consistently whether that's at home or at the show. You can have the best feeding program in the world, but if your animals won't eat it, it's not doing you any good," says Zehnder. "Palatability is a must have in a nutrition program." "We also can't underestimate the importance of water. Water drives intake, so we need to make sure calves have access to clean, fresh water," adds Zehnder.
4. Avoid taking drastic measures While a feeding program can be developed on paper, it is of critical importance to monitor the appearance of your animal on a regular basis. "Condition and weight should be monitored at least monthly when you're more than 3 months away from the show, and as you close in on your show date we need to be monitoring appearance and weights on a bi-weekly or weekly basis," says Zehnder. "We need to know how much those animals are actually gaining, so we can adjust their feed program accordingly without having to take drastic measures." It takes approximately 45-60 days for nutrition to make a true change in appearance on an animal according to Zehnder. He adds that if you're trying to make a change in less than 30 days, it will be a struggle. Zehnder encourages cattle exhibitors to evaluate their show nutrition program regularly, especially if you're not seeing the results you want in the show ring.


"We need to be thinking about ...

www.cattlebusinessweekly.com [cached]

"We need to be thinking about the results we want," says Chad Zehnder, Ph.D., cattle consultant, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC. "What does the steer weigh currently? What do we want him to weigh on show day? With heifers it's not much different, but you may have multiple target dates to keep in mind." Zehnder recommends a multi-step approach for developing a nutrition program:

...
"Not every animal is going to have the same program," says Zehnder.
...
Zehnder emphasizes the importance of highly palatable feeds and access to clean, fresh water. "We need to be able to keep cattle on feed consistently whether that's at home or at the show. You can have the best feeding program in the world, but if your animals won't eat it, it's not doing you any good," says Zehnder. "Palatability is a must have in a nutrition program." "We also can't underestimate the importance of water. Water drives intake, so we need to make sure calves have access to clean, fresh water," adds Zehnder.
4. Avoid taking drastic measures While a feeding program can be developed on paper, it is of critical importance to monitor the appearance of your animal on a regular basis. "Condition and weight should be monitored at least monthly when you're more than 3 months away from the show, and as you close in on your show date we need to be monitoring appearance and weights on a bi-weekly or weekly basis," says Zehnder. "We need to know how much those animals are actually gaining, so we can adjust their feed program accordingly without having to take drastic measures." It takes approximately 45-60 days for nutrition to make a true change in appearance on an animal according to Zehnder. He adds that if you're trying to make a change in less than 30 days, it will be a struggle. Zehnder encourages cattle exhibitors to evaluate their show nutrition program regularly, especially if you're not seeing the results you want in the show ring.

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