Limit feeding can be useful in the summer to reduce heat stress on animals, says Great Plains Livestock Consulting, Inc. nutritionist Zeb Prawl, MS. Feed intake and digestion in beef cattle causes heat to be produced within the animal. When feed offerings to the animal are limited, heat stress is decreased due to reduced heat of digestion. This makes limit feeding a very attractive option for summertime feeding of cattle, particularly in areas of high humidity.
Limit feeding is typically achieved by restricting feed offerings to a percentage of what cattle would normally consume either by calculating a projected maximum intake or utilizing a control pen of cattle and basing the restricted percentage off of their intake. Other methods of limit feeding include using feed additives as limiters and time restrictions on feed access.
To read more about limit feeding, visit www.GPLC-inc.com and click on the July/August e-newsletter.