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Young cows don't seem to be growing
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Bob    Posted 01-29-2003 at 09:18:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
is it normal for 6 month old cows to stop growing in the winter or slow down alot?

realfarmer    Posted 01-29-2003 at 22:58:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
During cold winter months, more energy is used by the animal to maintain body heat, so if the energy level is not increased, there is less available for growth. Silage is not necessarily a warm feed- depending on location. However, heat of digestion is higher with silage as compared to grain- thus high silage levels in hot summer months can have a detrimental effect on milk production in dairy cows. In colder months, that heat being produced helps to keep the animal warm.

kraig WY Yeap    Posted 01-29-2003 at 09:54:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cows and and other critters do slow down growth in winter. You can help this by giving them some sort of wind break. Another method is silage. Silage, like compost, is warm. If you feed warm silage to a animal they use less energy warming up the food they eat, therefore cutting down the rate of gain.

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