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Don’t let cows fall victim to spring nutrient gap

Short grass can short-change freshly calved cows at their time of greatest need.

Fresh, green grass is a welcome sight come spring. However, using early-spring grass with limited growth or volume as the sole source of nutrition for recently calved cows should be approached with caution. With limited grass volume, cows can expend more protein and energy than they are taking in and, thus, lose body condition.

“Cows are also coming out of gestation and into their time of highest nutritional requirement,” said Dr. Lee Dickerson, senior cattle consultant wi

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