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Nutrition

Good nutrition is the cornerstone to successful suckler herd performance and is key to unlocking the genetic potential in a herd.  Correctly fed cattle perform better; cows will have a better chance of staying healthy throughout pregnancy and lactation, and successfully rearing calves to weaning. Cows and calves will also be healthier and more resistance to disease and internal parasites.

Rotational grazing is a method of growing more, better quality grass. Through our Better Grazing programme, QMS has worked alongside farmers to develop grazing strategies and reduce the barriers to implementing rotational grazing at farm level. Through the ring-fenced fund, QMS also supports farmer driven research and development into grass growth through Grass Check GB.

Understanding the nutritional requirements of the suckler herd throughout the year and using condition scoring to ensure that requirements are being met is important. From the moment of conception, nutrition has a large influence on a cow’s lifetime performance. On the right-hand side of this page is a link to a spring calving suckler herd nutrition timeline, to help farmers manage the condition of their cows throughout the year. We also have two video’s available on the benefits of cow condition scoring, staring Dr Basil Lowman of SAC Consulting- Condition Scoring Part 1 and The Benefits of Cow Condition Scoring Part 2.