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Buying Feed? Here’s How You Can Compare Them To Choose the Best Value

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We first ran this in October of 2016. It’s just as timely now given that many folks had a drou
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

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  1. D.W.K. says:

    When you are trying to make it through a drought without spending the equivalent of what it would cost to replace a cow you have to look at ways to cut back. Will your cows suffer as a result? That depends. If you supplement the lower quality feed with something else that you have readily available and it’s free (such as cactus), it will provide the extra protein and fiber that is needed so your cows won’t decline. The key difference is, are you willing to do the extra work? Most people are not. I have found I can buy feed lot feed at half the price of cubes. Granted it has 6% less protein, but the price justifies it. Remember it is just to get your through the drought. In Texas, I have seen ranchers that have had to sell the ranch because they couldn’t afford to buy the (high dollar) replacement cows after they sold them on the decline (low dollar) because of the drought. Just another point of view.

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