Source: Jeremy Simes,, October 4, 2018 

Beef specialists say cattle producers still have a number of options available to get their animals in condition before winter strikes.

Some cows might be thin this year, particularly in the southern parts of the Prairies, due to reduced pastures caused by dry conditions.

To help get thinner cows back onto a good weight, farmers and ranchers can add hay to the cows’ diets, said Karin Lindquist, a beef and forage specialist with Alberta Agriculture.

She said rations for cows in poor condition should be roughly three-quarters hay and one-quarter straw, as well as about five pounds of grain. She said feed tests are important to determine the exact amount that is needed.

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