Manure............To Spread or Not to Spread?

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TexasBred

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Jeanne - Simme Valley":10k630cn said:
Noone on this board can tell you what protein your cows are getting, but manure is the first indicator of protein intake. The looser the manure (on a healthy animal), the higher the protein. And the thicker, more solid the manure, the less protein - unless your cattle are low on water intake.
The manure tells the story. Your description of solid & mine may be different. Rockridge explained it quite well.

Its pretty darn hard to get too much fiber into a cow...pretty easy to be short on protein. BUT spring grazing often produces loose manure because of the high moisture content, not high protein. Changes in diet can also cause diarrhea in cattle. Manure can tell you a lot but don't try to read more into it than is there. Pay attention to body condition and the condition of her calf is she's nursing one. Often times you may have two or three cows with diarrhea and the others are fine...or one or two with hard manure and the remainder of the herd more as it should be.
 
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rockridgecattle":p3dsow9u said:
Semitole/BeefMaster I assume you are talking about Simmental.

dun":p3dsow9u said:
Or even the proper spelling Simmenthal

rockridgecattle":p3dsow9u said:
Sorry Dun, when i googled it to check the correct spelling in the previous post, there was no 'h'. Maybe it is a regional thing

http://www.simmental.com/

That's all pretty funny, as when I Googled it, the first spelling I see is Semitole. :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:

In any event, ya'll know what breed I'm talkin' about. :banana:
 
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highgrit":3c1abave said:
Have you had your hay tested for its protein and digestability, just curious.

Guy from the Co-Op was supposed to come out last week and never made it. I will ring him up after the holiday as I definitely want to know the content even if it is just to satisfy my curiosity.
 

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