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Video: Tips for cattle producers to best utilize forage and feed resources  

In this video, K-State Research and Extension beef cattle specialist Justin Waggoner explains how producers can use the information from a forage analysis to most effectively feed cattle through the fall and winter.  

“One of the rules of thumb that I share with producers is 7-9-11,” Waggoner said. “Those numbers represent the dietary protein requirements of cows as they advance from the post-weaning stages through 30 to 40 days post-calving, and into the early stages of lactation.”  

Waggoner said producers should provide 7% crude protein to cows during the post-weaning period; 9% into the second and third stages of gestation; and 11% to meet the cow’s requirements 30-60 days post-calving.  

Waggoner said using that as a guideline, producers will know if they need additional forage resources for the colder months, and be able to maximize the forages they have on hand.  

In a companion video, Waggoner explains the data that producers should ask for when having a forage analysis done, which will help nutritionists formulate appropriate rations.  

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By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Tucker Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.