Cattle raising is an intense activity that involves health, safety and a balanced diet. It happens throughout the life stage of the cattle. Grass eating beef are the best for consumption as there are no negative health effects on the consumer. Certified supplements are fed to the cattle to ensure productivity round the year. The amount of feed depends on the age, weight, purpose and the season.
Tips to feed calves
New born are allowed to feed on the colostrums to maintain the health of the calf and to sustain common diseases during their growing days. The calf is allowed to suckle for about 4-5 times in a day during the first week of birth. Once the calf is six weeks, it is fed on hay or grass and they can sustain without milk. It is calf does not easily get accustomed to the concentrated feed but over a period of time they grow to become fond of it and may choose to eat more.
For beef producing calf weaning is important. It has to be done between 6 to 10 months as they attain the weight of 650 pounds. During the weaning time calves are fed with grass. After weaning the calves are introduced to small quantities of concentrated feeds. Farmers can now begin feeding calves with 113g of concentrated feed in a day and then slowly increase to 1.5 kg when the calves are 8 weeks old. Mature cattle are to move to the feed yard where they spend around 6 months. During this period they should be introduced to the right hay feeders. Round Bale feeders are recommended by the experts as they are known to reduce waste and increase feed use.
The goal of every farmer is to make the cows happy. They feed them well so that they get good produce instead. Cows have a ruminant stomach, meaning it gets nutrients from plant based food. The stomach is divided into four parts. The first time they munch on grass, they regurgitate in their mouth for three times till the nutrients are sucked out of the grass. Depending on the soil type, the grass is loaded with proteins and other nutrients vital for the growth of the cow. The quality of grass changes depending on the soil type and climatic conditions. When there is less rain the grass wears down. If the cow is unable to get the nutrients from the grass it has to be supplement through other sources to maintain their balanced diet routine.
Raising grass fed cattle involves is an ordeal and you cannot jump at it unless you have the resources and the zeal to out in hard work. It takes a lot of sweat, blood and tears to complete the process not to forget patients and long years of hard work to see good results. A good land with sumptuous grass can support the cow during their growth years. Unless you are willing to work round the year do not attempt cattle rearing.