Flood Recovery Management for Forages
John Jennings, Paul Beck, and Kenny Simon
Flood damage to forages can be quite variable depending on several factors. Damage is lower on dormant forage than on growing forage and is also lower during cool air and water temperatures than during warm temperatures. Some references indicate survival of some grasses after 60 days of submersion when water temperatures are 50⁰ F or less, but can be killed within 24 hours when water temperatures are 86⁰ F or higher. Damage is less in areas of moving water compared to standing, stagnant water. Sedimentation on leaves and crowns in standing water increases injury.
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It is July!!! Beef Cattle Tips is a monthly newsletter designed to remind you of timely production practices that could benefit your operation. In this month’s issue make sure you monitor pasture conditions for growing replacement and retained cattle. Pasture quality usually diminishes this time of year. Decisions of extended ownership should be based on current calf value and fall feeder cattle futures. Replacement female weight gain should be monitored through the fall to make sure heifers are on track to reach their target weight for fall breeding.
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A number of research studies including a new study published online in the peer-reviewed publication Nature, suggest that higher protein diets not only help with satiety but may help with long-term weight loss. Subjects in this study who consumed 5.4 percent more energy from protein compared to the control/non-protein group were not only able to lose weight, but also kept it off for six months compared to the control/non-protein group.
Another study published in the journal, OpenHeart, suggests that a healthy, balanced diet including high-quality proteins such as beef may be more effective than a diet that restricts fat below 30 percent of daily calories.
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Did you know that body condition scoring is a useful management tool to determine nutritional needs of cattle in your herd. A cow’s body condition score (BCS) can be especially useful during this spring breeding season to help determine which cows may need extra supplementation. Body condition is assessed on a 1 to 9 scale with 1 being very thin and 9 being very obese, please see this link for more information: https://www.uaex.edu/publications/pdf/MP373.pdf
Research has shown that cow’s exhibiting a BCS of 4 may have pregnancy rates as low as 50%. At a BCS of 5, pregnancy rates will be close to 80%. At a BCS of 6, pregnancy rates may be 88% or higher.