UK Beef Cow Forage Supplement Tool – A Web Based App
The UK Beef Cow Forage Supplement Tool is a newly developed web-based app that uses forage analysis results to estimate forage intake and supplementation rates for beef cows. The app which was produced by Kevin Laurent, Jeff Lehmkuhler and Roy Burris in the University of Kentucky Department of Animal and Food Sciences can be accessed on the web at http://apps.ca.uky.edu/forage-supplement-tool/
or downloaded on smart phones for offline use.
Users are reminded that this is not a ration balancing program, but simply a tool that estimates the nutritional needs of a 1250 pound mature beef cow in adequate body condition in three stages of production: mid-gestation, late gestation and lactation. Many variables such as weather conditions, body condition, animal health, palatability of feedstuffs, etc can affect actual intake and animal response to a feeding program and actual feed/forage intake and body condition should be monitored throughout the feeding program.