With the cattle market strong and forage available, Texas beef cattle producers can’t afford to neglect nutrition this winter, says a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

Dr. Jason Cleere, beef cattle specialist, College Station, told producers at the recent South Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic in Brenham to monitor body condition of their cattle to ensure those cows will raise a healthy calf and properly re-breed.

“Cattle markets have been phenomenal,” Cleere said, “and things are green and the outlook is great.”


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However, lack of nutrition is one of the main causes for cattle not breeding, he said.

“Nutrition is extremely important to the cow-calf operation,” Cleere said. “The way we manage cattle to calve at two years of age and have a calf every year, you’ve got to have some nutritional management out there for them.”

Cleere said one of the most important things producers should do is look at the body condition of their cows.


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