SUMMER AND AUTUMN SUPPLEMENTATION OF CATTLE AT GRASS

As grazed grass is your lowest cost feed input, it makes sense to fully utilise this resource. It starts to become less digestible from mid-summer onwards and although it may appear green and nutritious, its dry matter content could be limiting intake.

 
The introduction of a nutritional feed and mineral supplement to cattle is recommended to help maintain growth and performance targets.

Downland_Cattle Balancer
Supplementary feeding with buckets will encourage a higher intake of grass and any additional forage, therefore helping to maintain a good body condition score and helping to reduce concentrate feeding later in the year.

 
Days gained in autumn will effectively shorten the winter feeding period and save on expensive straw bedding costs as well.For example, with each animal needing at least 5kg/day of straw bedding at a cost of £60 per tonne, then there is a saving of 30p/day, which will more than pay for feeding buckets in the late summer.

 
OPTIMISE CATTLE PERFORMANCE WITH DOWNLAND CATTLE BALANCER LICKS:
• High in energy and quality protein to help optimise daily live-weight gain
• Full range of minerals and vitamins to support any potential deciencies in grass
• Chelated zinc for feet and teat health
• Emphasis on cobalt, selenium and protected copper to help protect early pregnancies and maintain good herd health
• Place away from the water source to manage intakes to between 100-300g/day, which is equal to 1-3 buckets per 25 head per week (25kg tubs)

 
DOWNLAND CATTLE BALANCER is also available in 100kg tubs:
• Move the bucket feeding site regularly to avoid poaching or use a hard/dry area for feeding
• Place the buckets in car tyres to prevent them being pushed around
• Also available with extra magnesium (Cattle Mag Balancer), to support autumn calving and help where there is a potential risk of grass staggers

18th July 2016