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.
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.