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Whats the best feed during a drought for cattle??

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It seems that we might be facing another drought here in the Southwest. We had a very dry winter. A few years ago, we had a drought. A friend of mine who has cattle, feed his cattle tons and tons of hay. Still his cattle were not fat and did not gain. Some even died, I mean they had plenty of hay and water. The following year none of his cattle calved. My question is what is the best feed to feed cattle during a drought?? Thank You hope to be hearing from yall soon!!
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Hi Joe,<br>This has been discussed on cattle pages & several, myself included have recommended using some type of lick block or lick tubs. I also add vitamins ADE to my loose minerals. It is effective against pinkeye & will assure they get the correct amount of these vitamins to help them stay healthy. Hope this helps & hope you don't have the drought, Darla *.~<p>
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Adequate minerals is a big concern. Cattle that are deficient in certain important minerals will have a difficult time cycling and getting bred. Hay will not provide a lot of those minerals that good, green grass will.
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the hay needs to be checked to see it it has enough nutrients in it. lot of diff between early & late cut stuff, a straight grass or grass legume mix
 

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Is cottonseed available in your area? We feed whole white cottonseed to our cows in drought time, as much as they can eat, its made available 24/7 - we've never had any losses. You'd need to feed some hay with it if they have no dry grass to chew on.
 

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