Supplementation programs are very much a part of our cow-calf program. The type of supplementation may vary throughout the year as well as from year to year. A good manager knows the type of supplement that his herd needs. Supplements are available in many forms from commercial distributors and can consist of many types of feeds, minerals and vitamins. Many producers choose to develop their own supplements utilizing feeds produced on their ranch or that can be purchased locally.
A "supplementation program" may be defined as "a program which provides the difference between the nutrients required by livestock and the nutrients available in their major food supply." For a producer to evaluate the needs of his herd, he must know the nutrient requirements for his cattle and the nutrient availability in the feed supply.
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South Dakota State University
Whittington, David L., "Supplementation for the Cow Herd" (1980). South Dakota Cow-Calf Field Day Proceedings, 1980. 2.