The beef cow plays a vital role in agriculture because of her ability to convert grass, roughage and by-products into an edible product: beef. Missouri, ranking second in total cow numbers, is one of the best areas in the nation for economical beef production.
The objective of cattle producers is to put meat on the table at a price most people can afford and still make a decent living for themselves. Maximum profitability of the cow/calf operation can be realized if these objectives are followed:
Wean one calf per cow each 12 months.
Wean hefty, high quality calves.
Watch the number of calves weaned per cow exposed – a key ratio in reproductive and economic performance.
A sound genetic base, good management and proper nutrition will help meet these goals.
MFA beef feeding programs and suggestions are based on the most recent research available. MFA maintains a beef research farm at Marshall, Missouri. Using the most modern management practices, strategies and technology, our research is results-driven from a practical application standpoint. Emphasis is based on the following ideas:
Keeping the cow herd in condition for optimum reproductive performance.
Weaning the greatest number of pounds per calf per cow.
Presenting a healthy and uniform calf crop to the feeder market.
Doing the above at an optimum economical level to support the profitability of our customers.
Dry Pregnant Mature Cows in Middle 1/3 of Pregnancy
Dry Pregnant Mature Cows in Last 1/3 of Pregancy
Nursing Cows Average Milking First 3 to 4 Months
Nursing Cows Superior Milking First 3 to 4 Months
Feeding instructions are given on each tag. A forage sample should be the first step before a recommendation. Offer appropriate MFA Gold Star Minerals free-choice.
(Feed along with 2 lbs. dry hay or equivalent roughage)
Hand feed completes and concentrates until animals are used to high grain intakes. To full feed grain mixes, increase grain gradually, beginning with no more than 1 lb. of grain mix per 100 lbs. body weight, then increase gradually over the next two to three weeks. On full feed, cattle will consume 2 to 3 lbs. per 100 lbs. of body weight.
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