Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting Planned For April 14th

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Cattle owners throughout the County are invited to attend the upcoming Cannon County Cattlemen’s Association meeting planned for Saturday, April 14th  at theCannonCountyExpoBuilding beginning at 6:30. The meeting will be “Kicked-Off” with an artificial insemination and ultra-sound demonstrations. Following the demonstrations, we will move to the Woodbury Lions Club Building for an auction and business meeting. 

The meal is sponsored by Joey King with Priefert Handling Equipment. Board members will be cooking hamburgers along with added fixings. Members are asked to bring one of their favorite desserts. Also, bring an auction item to be sold during our annual fundraiser immediately following the business meeting.

We need a head count, so if you plan to attend please contact the Extension Office 563-2554, Davy Sneed 563-4056 or Shirley Dennis 563-4123.

Recipes are needed for the second edition of the CCCA Cookbook. Everyone is urged to contribute your “best kept” recipe or one you have always wanted to prepare. Plan to bring your recipe to the annual meeting on the 14th or send it by email to

The cookbook will be featured at this year’s Good Ole Days as well as serving as another fundraiser for the association. The recipe can be of any dish as long as beef is one of the ingredients. Casseroles, favorite marinades, appetizers, main dish, chili and soups or cooking techniques all qualify for this year’s entry.

With Spring Comes Grass Tetany

Grass tetany is normally greater in the spring than any other time of the year. The current environmental conditions are “right” for it to occur. The grass is fast growing, lush and also low in Magnesium In addition, high levels of potassium are prevalent in the grass and interferes with absorption of Magnesium in both the plant and cattle.

The best method to attempt to prevent grass tetany is to provide supplemental magnesium in the mineral supplement. Magnesium oxide is the normal source. Magnesium oxide is not very palatable and it can be a challenge for the cattle to consume an adequate amount. Magnesium sulfate is another source of magnesium and cattle “like it” better than magnesium Oxide. However, Magnesium sulfate can cause additional problems and interfere with other mineral balances because it is high in Sulfur. This could also occur for those producers that are feeding corn gluten and/or distillers grain. These products bring additional sulfur to the cattle’s ration.

Cattle need to consume 4 to 5 ounces of Magnesium Oxide per day. Producers should carefully read the “feed tag” on the mineral supplement and purchase supplements that contain 14 to 15 percent Magnesium. This percentage should provide the 4 to 5 ounces per day.

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