Proactive Planning for Cattle Health

Jun 19, 2024

Lush green grass, full ponds, chirping birds, and buzzing insects set the scene as cows and calves graze in the crisp morning air. The sun rises over the hill and illuminates the dew drops on Kansas’ native grasses, the bright green colors, and the wildflowers, all while warming the calves. The scene described is ideal. Every producer loves to see happy, healthy, and growing cattle.  

In reality, we live fast-paced lives. As operations and responsibilities expand, we forget to plan. We focus on what we can see and miss the chance to be proactive. Will your operation be set for success when the beautiful scene turns into a dusty pasture, withered grass, and a muddy pond? 

Cows face challenges in supporting their calves as the seasons change, which can take a toll on their bodies and cause them to lose body condition. Providing creep feed is an effective way to prevent cattle health from declining during these times. 

Creep feeding when the cattle are under minimal pressure allows calves to adapt to the feed before weaning. Introducing creep feed while there are ample resources in the pastures makes for an easier transition when other changes occur. 

When it comes to creep feeding, it is best to be proactive. By planning ahead, we can confidently meet challenges and make informed decisions. At MKC, we are here to help. For assistance or questions about feed, contact your local Feed Sales Representative or visit an MKC location.

Article provided by Katelin Hendricks, Counter and Scale Specialist