By Ken M. Nelson
County Extension Agent 

Notes From Nelson

Spring Nutrition for Calving Cows


March 29, 2023

Late winter and early spring is the most challenging time of the year for the nutrition of spring-calving beef cows. Unless cool season grasses are available, this is a season where maintaining or gaining body condition on spring calving cows is really quite difficult. Warm season grasses have not yet to begin to grow. Dormant grass (what little is left) is low quality feed. Cows cannot, or will not, consume a large amount of standing dormant grass at this time of year. If the only supplement being fed is a self-fed, self-limited protein source, the cows may become very deficient in en...

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