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Changing the nutritional needs of the beef cow

March 5, 2014

Weekly AG column by Mike Boersma County Extension Educator with the U of M Extension Service in Murray and Pipestone Counties
Nutritionally speaking, this is an important time of year for many beef cows. Whether they calve in January, May, or any time in between, cows' nutritional requirements are rapidly changing in the months leading up to and following calving.

Cows calving in April and May are now in the last 60 days of pregnancy. These cows have had low nutritional requirements through most of the winter, but their unborn calves are now developing rapidly and their requirements are increasing rapidly as well.

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