That's according to Chad Zehnder, cattle consultant for Purina Animal Nutrition.
says that managed pastures can typically support the cow-calf herd from summer and into fall unless environmental conditions cause problems.
"In a normal year, we hope to manage our pastures so we have ample forage for the cows," Zehnder
"If forage is getting low in the pasture, make a switch before the problem is out of hand and the pasture is burnt up," Zehnder
advises, explaining that a pasture break will allow it to regrow after periods of overgrazing or dry weather.
Pasture substitution, or complementing the pasture with stored forage, is an option to ensure the herd receives the nutrients required when pasture quality becomes low.
During periods of pasture stress, stored forages can be fed to the herd.
says that substitution was an option used by cattle producers during the 2012 drought, but that it is not necessary until winter in most years.
"Substitution may be necessary in dry areas in the summer, but, most years, pasture supplementation during the summer and fall is ideal," he
says, encouraging producers to work with a cattle nutritionist to create a pasture management and supplementation program.
For more information on beef cattle supplements and nutrition, contact Chad Zehnder
at (612) 554-2154 or CMZehnder@landolakes.com or go to: http://cattle.purinamills.com/.