A Quick Guide to Cattle Feeding From Buckwild Innovations

A Quick Guide to Cattle Feeding From Buckwild Innovations

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Whether you’re an experienced cattle farmer looking for a refresher or are just getting into the farming business, the process of feeding your cattle properly is key to a successful operation. Be sure to follow our tips for cattle feeding and farming for the best possible results.

Provide Your Cattle With the Right Amount of Hay

As a cattle farmer, your goal is to put the perfect amount of weight on the cattle. At the same time, you need to keep your costs under control, so your cattle feeding process must be as inexpensive and efficient as possible. 

This then comes down to providing your cattle with the correct amount of hay to feed on. If you feed your cattle far too much hay, they will become wasteful. Of course, if you feed your cattle too little hay, they will become hungry and you will have a difficult time putting weight on them. In addition, when hungry, cattle become aggressive when fed, fret about food, and end up losing weight — which is the last thing you want.

Cattle Feeding Advice to Avoid

As a cattle farmer or a newcomer to the farming industry, you might have heard the old expression “They will eat if they are hungry”. This stems from the practice of putting hay out for your cattle, and not replacing it even when the weathered hay is all that is left on the bottom of the hay ring. This practice is traditionally used to help cattle get over their pickiness. 

However, when the cows see the less desirable hay and are not inclined to eat it, this practice actually promotes the irritability and aggressiveness associated with not feeding your cattle enough hay. The “they will eat if they are hungry” practice actually ends up making your herd lose weight in the long run.

Instead, feed your cattle the correct proportions and install a hay ring cover from Buckwild Innovations. These covers are designed to eliminate weather-ruined hay at the bottom of the ring and allow cattle to safely eat quality hay during undesirable weather. 

Move Feeding Locations

This common practice is in place to keep cattle out of the mud for their health and the health of the field. Studies have proven that cattle standing in mud and eating will put on less weight than cattle standing in grass. This weight loss or lack of weight gain will occur due to the stress and irritation the cattle feels from being in an unpleasant feeding situation. Therefore, moving your feeding location to a better quality piece of land on a rotational basis will actually help your cattle gain weight. 

Poor Quality Hay Rings

If you use cheap, low-quality hay rings on your cattle farming operation, chances are that the rings are broken down and actually dangerous to your cattle. Remember, the last thing you want to do is stress out or irritate your herd, causing them to eat less and gain less. Instead, opt for a high quality hay ring.

When moving feeding locations, rely on the hay spear ring mover available from Buckwild Innovations. This product is easy to use and helps to cut costs on a cattle farming operation by reducing the amount of hay spears/rings you have to purchase over periods of time. To learn more about the Hay Spear Ring Mover, contact Buckwild Innovations today.

The Benefits of Moving Your Feeding Locations

The Benefits of Moving Your Feeding Locations

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For those not actively involved with livestock farming, rotational grazing is the process of strategically moving livestock to feed in fresh pasture or paddock areas on a rotational cycle. This rotation allows the previously used pasture areas to regenerate and maintain the health of the land and animals. This same concept is performed in the fall/winter hay feeding season and is referred to as rotational feeding.

Rotational feeding is not a new concept to the livestock farming community. If that is the case, why do some farmers refuse to participate in a process with numerous benefits? For cattle farmers, the process of moving a hay bale and ring across several acres of land can be difficult. Buckwild Innovations invented the hay spear ring mover for this exact reason. This product will help you take advantage of rotational feeding, which in turn will provide you with the following benefits:

Improved Health of Livestock

By implementing only a single feeding location, there is an increased risk of concentrated parasites and other unwanted bacteria and bugs. Allowing your livestock to graze and/or feed in different locations on a rotational schedule will allow the forage in particular areas to remain healthy.

For instance, if you leave your cows to feed in a dedicated location, they will end up standing in deep mud, manure, urine, parasites, and other unwanted items. Plus, if you leave your livestock in such high amounts of mud, there is an increased risk for injury. Simply moving your feeding locations can alleviate all of these possibilities and improve the overall health of your livestock.

Avoid Destruction to the Land

Failing to move feeding locations can cause extensive damage to the land after a certain period of time. Vegetation and forage will have limited areas to grow and few nutrients to utilize.

Plus, by rotating your feeding locations, you can also experience increased production of forage. Some studies have shown that rotational feeding can generate up to 30-70% increased forage production annually.

Beneficial Nutrient Distribution

Both your livestock and your land need certain nutrients from the ground in order to thrive and remain healthy. Rotational feeding helps to accomplish this by actively distributing these specific nutrients across feeding locations with increased soil fertility.

Rotational feeding — with help from the hay spear ring mover — provides a wealth of other advantages including:

  • Controlling less than desirable plants
  • Improved animal management
  • Up to 40% savings in hay
  • And more!

Make Moving Feeding Locations a Breeze With the Hay Spear Ring Mover

One of the largest complaints about rotating livestock feeding locations is the manual labor required to physically move hay bales and rings. Often times, the rings are too heavy for a farmer to carry or drag, harmed by regular hay spears, or gets stuck or frozen into the ground.

If you’re interested in taking advantage of the endless benefits provided by rotational feeding, the hay spear ring mover from Buckwild Innovations is for you. Contact us today to learn more about investing in this innovative farming product.