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This profile was last updated on 12/9/13  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

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Local Address:  Minnesota , United States
Land O'Lakes , Inc.
4001 Lexington Avenue N
Arden Hills , Minnesota 55126
United States

Company Description: Land O'Lakes, Inc. (Land O’Lakes) was formed as a cooperative designed to meet the needs of dairy farmers located in the Midwest. The Company operates its business...   more

Employment History

  • Cattle Consultant
    Purina Animal Nutrition
  • Nutritionist
    Purina Animal Nutrition


  • Ph.D.
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That's according to Chad Zehnder, cattle consultant for Purina Animal Nutrition. He 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 says.
"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.
Zehnder 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.
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Chad Zehnder, nutritionist with Purina Mills Feed, will share information on a greater reliance on the combination of co-products and farm raised feeds, with minimal grain inclusion.
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The panel consisted of Chad Zehnder, Jarrod Gillig, Angie Denton, and Kyle McMillan.
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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That's according to Chad Zehnder, cattle consultant for Purina Animal Nutrition. He says that managed pastures can typically support the...
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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:
"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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