Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm Programming Radio Oklahoma Network  |  7401 N. Kelley Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73111  |  (405) 841-3675  |  Fax: (405) 841-3674

advertisements
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Agricultural News


Stay Compliant with VFD Orders this Summer by Closely Monitoring Your Herd's Mineral Intake

Tue, 30 May 2017 10:30:50 CDT

Stay Compliant with VFD Orders this Summer by Closely Monitoring Your Herd's Mineral Intake Dr. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist, offers herd health advice as part of the weekly series known as the "Cow Calf Corner" published electronically by Dr. Peel and Dr. Glenn Selk. Today, Dr. Selk reminds producers to closely moniter the mineral intake of their cattle during the summer months.


"Summer often becomes a busy time of year for ranchers (especially during haying season). Don't forget to check the mineral feeders or blocks to be certain that they are supplying the minerals that your cows need.   In some cases, medications may be recommended by your veterinarian to be included in the mineral mix. Cow calf operators will want to monitor mineral consumption closely to be certain that the label-recommended amounts are being consumed by the cattle. A “Veterinary Feed Directive” (VFD) will be necessary for antibiotic feeding in mineral supplements. Contact and work with your local large animal veterinarian about the appropriate VFD for your operation.



"Placement of mineral feeders and blocks can aid in achieving optimum mineral intake. Place them in areas where cattle spend a lot of time. Minerals should be placed in loafing areas, near water sources, in shady areas, or any other location that tends be a popular place for the herd to congregate. A rule of thumb is to provide one mineral feeding station for every 30 to 50 cows. Check feeders at least once a week and keep a clean, fresh supply of minerals present at all times. A good feeder should keep minerals dry, be portable and hold up to abuse and corrosion. Open tubs are not adequate in high rainfall areas. Cattle owners can get receive additional help with calculating mineral intake with the “OSU Mineral Calculator” and the “OSU Mineral Consumption Record” sheets. To download these aids visit beefextension.com and click on the appropriate menu items on the right side of the page.



"Choosing a mineral mix requires understanding of the animal’s requirements and the minerals available in the forages and feedstuffs available to the animals. Mineral needs tend to be area specific and change with soil type, fertilization rates, rainfall and many other factors. Mineral requirements also will depend on animal age and stage of production. An excellent reference source for Oklahoma beef producers about mineral supplementation can be found in the Oklahoma State University Extension Bulletin E-861 "Vitamin and Mineral Nutrition of Grazing Cattle."





   

 

WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI

 


Top Agricultural News

  • Oklahoma Cattle Industry Leaders Push Back Against Out of State Activists Planning Litigation Against Okahoma Beef Checkoff Vote  Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:29:02 CDT
  • Oklahoma Grain Elevator Cash Bids as of 2:00 pm Wednesday, October 18, 2017  Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:49:46 CDT
  • CAB's John Stika Celebrates the "Team Effort" That Produced a Record 1.12 Billion lbs. of CAB Beef  Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:36:42 CDT
  • Feeder Steers Sell 5.00 to 7.00 Lower Wednesday at OKC West Livestock Auction in El Reno, Okla.  Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:24:07 CDT
  • Wednesday Market Wrap-Up with Justin Lewis  Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:14:14 CDT
  • Wednesday Afternoon Market Wrap-Up with Carson Horn   Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:03:01 CDT
  • Former OSU Professor Jayson Lusk Honored by CAST, Being Named Winner of the Borlaugh Award  Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:37:00 CDT
  • Fed's Plan to Review Regulations Pertaining to Agricultural Biotech Advances, Needed Says AFBF  Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:27:49 CDT

  • More Headlines...

       

    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Livestock Exchange Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit P&K Equipment Tulsa Farm Show Stillwater Milling American Farmers & Ranchers KIS FUTURES, INC. Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com


       
       
    © 2008-2017 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup

    WebReady powered by WireReady® NSI