The most critical time for suckler cow nutrition is from six weeks before calving through to six weeks after service. Correct body condition will minimize calving difficulties and help to get cows cycling again after calving.
Copper, selenium, iodine and vitamin E are essential for optimizing cow fertility. Forage mineral testing will tell you if your animals are deficient in these nutrients, you can ask your rep about having this done. Minerals and vitamins can be supplied by sprinkling minerals on top of the forage or by using buckets and blocks if cows would benefit from some energy and protein.
Don’t forget the bulls as they need preparation too. In the eight weeks before joining cows, stock bulls should be supplemented with 2-3 kg of concentrate.

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