El Nino Will lead to a Wetter Fall and Winter 2023-24
With all the talk of an El Nino weather pattern, people ask:
If the winter in the Southeast is wetter than normal, do cattle need more supplements?
Yes, if the winter in the Southeast is wetter than normal, cattle may need additional supplements to meet their nutritional requirements. Wet winter conditions can affect the availability and quality of forage, making it harder for cattle to obtain sufficient nutrients solely from grazing. The increased moisture can lead to decreased forage quality, reduced grazing time, and potential damage to pastureland.
Supplemental feeding during wet winters may include providing additional hay, silage and supplements to ensure that the cattle receive the necessary nutrients such as energy, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Proper nutrition is crucial for the health and well-being of the cattle, especially during challenging weather conditions.