A beef nutritionist says rising input costs has put additional pressure on livestock producers this year.
Dr. Brandon Koch with Kent Nutrition Group tells Brownfield, “Monocalcium phosphate that we use in livestock mineral for cows has gone up significantly,” he said. “That bag of mineral, nothing has changed nutritionally, but it’s gone up from somewhere in that $20-to-$22 per bag range to $28.”
He says mineral costs are adding up. “A cow is going to eat about two bags with a little bit of shrink factored in there.