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Minerals Add Up
Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:50 AM CDT

With 1,000 cows to manage, Keith Strickland spends a lot of time raising forages and providing health care for the herd. But this cattle manager of Warren Farms, in Newton Grove, N.C., also makes sure the herd's mineral program gets priority.

First step is a free-choice high magnesium (Hi Mag) mineral year-round. Strickland monitors consumption, keeping it at 4 ounces per head per day. The effort pays off with conception rates of 90% to 94% and average weaning weights of 572 pounds on steers and heifers.

As production increases through better genetics and ...

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