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    Cattle Feeding & Nutrition Q&A

    Mature cows should have continuous access (free-choice) to good quality pasture or hay.

    Question: Where can I find the most accurate and up to date information about Cattle Feed offered at Tractor Supply Co.?
    Everything you need to select the right feed for your cattle is listed on the back of the feed bag.

    Question: What do I feed my Cattle?
    A balanced diet for Cattle includes roughage (hay, pasture, haylage and silage), some supplemental concentrates (grains or manufactured feed), minerals and a supply of fresh water.

    Question: How much do I feed my Cattle?
    Mature cows should have continuous access (free-choice) to good quality pasture or hay. They will need minimal concentrate supplementation unless forage quality drops. First-calf heifers may need the addition of concentrates to their diet. Consult the backs of the feed bags for specific feeding instructions. Cattle being fed for market need a proper balance of forage and concentrates. See feed packaging for suggestions.

    Question: Why buy minerals?
    Minerals control the life of the brood cow. Without adequate minerals in their diet, cattle do not grow, reproduce, or convert feed efficiently.

    Question: What is a recommended mineral program for a cow-calf producer?
    Tractor Supply Company recommends Sweet Mag Mineral for the spring when cattle are grazing lush, new grass and Grass Tetany is a problem. 12% Hy-Phos with added Selenium is recommended for the rest of the year.

    Question: What is the rumen?
    The first chamber of the ruminant stomach is called the rumen. (The term ruminant refers to any animal with a multi-chambered stomach.) The rumen acts as a large fermentation vat. It contains microbes, such as bacteria, fungi, and protozoa that assist in the digestive process.

    Question: What is Urea?
    Urea is a non-protein source of Nitrogen commonly used for ruminants due to convenience, availability, and low cost. It is used by the micro organisms in the rumen to produce protein. The protein is then digested, absorbed, and used by the animal.

    Question: When can a calf utilize Urea in a protein supplement?
    A calf’s rumen is not fully functional until a calf is 3-4 months old or weighing 300-400 pounds.