BENEFITS TO FORAGE AND WATER TESTING
The best place to start designing your fall and winter feed plan is to start with what you already have. What is the protein content of the hay you plan to feed? What minerals are present in your water? These are important questions when designing the most economical feeding plan for your cows. If your hay is very good then there may be no need to spend money on a protein supplement. If your water is high in sulfur (an essential nutrient but also an antagonist at high levels) you may need to adjust your supplementation to avoid toxicity and ensure that the cows are getting enough copper and molybdenum. The only way to know what you are starting with is by testing. We are happy to report that we can help you collect samples of your forages and water sources and send them in to the lab for you. Once we get the result of the testing, our trained associates can go over the results with you and help make a feeding plan that best suits your cattle’s needs. Testing is a small expense that can save you money throughout the rest of the year, ensuring you are only spending money on feeds your cows will actually benefit from. This year, 2019, from August through September, the first test you choose to do with us is FREE! Give us a call today to find out more! 406-436-2350
WHAT IS FETAL PROGRAMMING
Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a computer expert to “program” your calves! Fetal programming refers to the initial genetic potential and growth of next year’s calves that occurs during the first trimester. As a producer, you have the ability to “program” or influence the genetic potential of your calves based on what you feed your cows. Under supplementing cows in the first trimester can compromise the growth and development of the calf, even if supplementation is offered later in the pregnancy. That means it is essential that your cows have access to high quality supplements, as needed, to support the forages that are available to them, even this early in their pregnancy. Access to organic trace minerals, especially, has been proven to support higher conception rates for cows, and calves with higher weaning weights, and better immune systems. Making sure cows are adequately supplemented throughout gestation will ensure maximum genetic potential for the future of your operation. See us today to pick out the right supplement to program your calves for success!
Larson, Jill. “A Blueprint for Fetal Programming.” Crystalyx, 24 June 2019, www.crystalyx.com/blog/a-blueprint-for-fetal-programming/.
2019 SHOW-RITE TAG PROMOTION
Hubbard Feeds and Show-Rite Show Feeds are running a reimbursement program for your local 4-H Clubs or FFA Chapters! Hubbard Feeds and Ranch-Way Feeds will pay your club 50 cents back for every bag of Show-Rite Show Feed you buy throughout the year. All you need to do is save the tags off the bags to turn in to us along with a W-9 form for your club! The promotion includes all Show-Rite Beef, Swine, Sheep, Goat, Rabbit, and Chicken feeds and they must be purchased from a Hubbard or Ranch-Way dealer (that’s us!). For more details and to pick up a form stop in the store. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to start making easy money for your clubs! Deadline for turning in feed tags is November 30, 2019.