Calving season is in full swing across North Dakota, and the first two to three months post-calving are the most nutritionally demanding for cows. According to NDSU Extension, a 1,400-pound cow producing 20 pounds of milk per day needs ten percent crude protein and 59 percent total digestible nutrients to meet production demands. Many producers have turned cattle out to graze due to feed shortages and muddy lot conditions. Depending on the quantity and quality of available forage, Extension livestock specialists say supplementation may be necessary to ensure that requirements of lactating cows are met. Read more.
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