Proper mineral management
key to keeping cattle healthy
By Brian Wallheimer
December 22, 2011
Beef producers shouldn't overlook proper mineral intake as part of an overall feeding plan, according to a Purdue Extension specialist.
Ron Lemenager, a professor of animal sciences, said minerals are becoming a more important issue as feed options have changed.
"I think we pretty much had minerals taken care of when everyone was feeding corn and hay," Lemenager said. "But then it changed and we introduced by-products like distillers dried grains, corn gluten feed and soybean hulls, which changes our supplementation strategy."