Posted 10/10/2021 19:48 (#9262410 - in reply to #9262117) Subject: RE: lick tubs
East of Broken Bow
From my experience, unless you are working for the highest weaning rates, cows will do fine on just good grazing grass, along with salt and maybe some mineral, depending on the type of grass and stage of growth of the grass and calves.
One very very successful rancher I know once told me that good grass or hay, and enough of it, and salt, was all a cow needed to grow a decent calf. Maybe not the biggest, but a decent one, with low expense.
The biggest thing he taught me was to change my mindset from selling calves, to selling my grass on the hoof. The object is not the most gross dollars per calf, but the most profit per acre of grass. For some people, it includes supplementing the pasture year round, but for my grass and cattle, the summer grass with salt and a little cheap mineral gives me the lowest cost of gain.