Using low-moisture blocks in improve livestock distribution and reduce winter feed costs

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Do your cattle refuse to graze in the uplands yet over-graze the bottoms? Do you want them to change their ways? Molasses based low-moisture blocks (LMB) can help. Rangeland pastures can be under-grazed and over-grazed at the same time. Forage quality and quantity, interactions with other herd members, location of water, lack of information about other locations, or perhaps just plain laziness influence where cattle graze. Using supplements like LMB can change livestock distribution resulting in rangelands that are more uniformly grazed. Low-moisture blocks can also cut costs by replacing expensive hay with poor-quality mature forage. Placement and type of supplement, time of year, proper training, and herding all influence the effectiveness of supplements.