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BULL CARE                          CONTINUE TO STAGE                                      The Midwest Cattleman · October 21, 2021 · P12
      continued from page 7              continued from page 11             start with.  Any regrowth from    are fairly simple to construct
      standpoint than if  they are  tain decent quality and is ba-          the base of the plant after a     and better yet, very econom-
      managed as two separate  sically standing hay.                        frost can also be very high in    ical  and  one  of  those  items  I
      herds,” Lubbers said.                 Summer annual warm-sea-         prussic acid.  If in doubt about   consider  “money well spent”
         The concern is that bulls  son grasses, such as sudan-             nitrates or prussic acid – test   for animal well-being.
      may be traveling between  grass or sorghum-sudangrass                 before feeding or grazing!           The rock pad should ideal-
      the herds and engaging with  hybrids often have some late               I  would  strongly  recom-      ly be placed in a well-drained
      different sets of females that  season value, but caution             mend doing an animal to for-      area.  Sometimes you are bet-
      may have new cattle intro- should be taken in utiliz-                 age/hay/feed balance right        ter off to consider moving your
      duced from outside the herd,  ing these forages this time of          now to see how you are set for    winter-feeding area if drain-
      Lubbers said.                      year, Johnsongrass includ-         the winter.   Better to figure    age is an issue.  The ideal site
         “Trichomoniasis is a dis- ed.    Once frosted, these for-          out now that you may be short     would also have wind protec-
      ease of concern that could  ages quickly start shutting               than  later  when  finding  and   tion associated with it.  Some-
      appear,” he said. To prevent  down and can start producing            moving  hay/feed  is  more  dif-  times, this could be just a row
      that from being introduced  a  cyanide-containing  com-               ficult.  In dry areas, consider   of strategically placed round
      to the herd, Lubbers restat- pound commonly called prus-              trying to buy yourself a little   bales.    The pad  should  also
      ed the importance of talking  sic acid.  This acid is the same        time for more forage regrowth     be  located  away  from  major
      to a veterinarian about any  compound that is produced                by feeding some hay or other      drainage areas and water bod-
      necessary diagnostic tests.        by these same plants under         stored feed now to maximize       ies, so you don’t have to worry
         When managing the bulls,  stressed  conditions.      Live-         any potential growth while        about contaminating them
      White suggests bulls that  stock should be removed from               you can.                          with possible runoff.    You
      will be working together in  these  forages  for  10-14  days           Last year most producers        would certainly not want to
      the same breeding pasture  to allow for the forages to “dry           would have appreciated a lit-     create a resource concern with
      spend time together before  down” and the prussic acid to             tle more free concrete, or rath-  these areas, so they need to be
      the turnout.                       dissipate before grazing again.    er, frozen ground.  It is best to   located  appropriately,  man-
         “It  is important to  house  Frosted sudangrass or sor-            be prepared.  Mud is certainly    aged properly and be a part of
      the bulls together ahead of  ghum-sudangrass hybrids can              worse around feeding, water-      a planned system.
      the breeding season so they  be harvested for balage right            ing and other concentrated           Remember,  it’s  not  about
      can get the social issues  after being frosted and later              areas.   One of the best solu-    maximizing a grazing event,
      worked out before they need  fed  if they are allowed their           tions for these concentrat-       but maximizing a grazing sea-
      to breed the cows,”  White  normal fermentation process               ed areas is to install a heavy    son!  Keep on grazing!
      said.                              time  period  of three  or four    use protection area or HUAP
                                                                            if you like acronyms, or more
      K-State                            weeks.    Frosted  areas  may      simply, rock pads.  These areas
                                         only be “pockets” in a field to

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