Feed Lot

SEP-OCT 2017

Feedlots and cow/calf operations in the beef industry who feed 500 or more has annually on grains and concentrates; maintain 500 or more beef cows; backgrounder, stocker/grower, preconditioner; veterinarian, nutritionist, consultant

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FEED•LOT  September/October 2017 25 ADVANTAGE ADVERTISING Gearn Modular Steam Flaking Systems • Exclusive Modular Mill design reduces field construction time and overall costs. • Low cost alternative to conventional steam flake facility construction. • Pre-wired and plumbed at the factory. • Includes MCC, Boiler System, Flaking Mills, Steam Chests, Leg and Scalper. • All optional features available • Turn-key installation provided by our experienced millwright team. • 18x36, 24x36, 24x48 and 24x56 mill sizes available. gearn inc. 3375 US Hwy 60, Hereford, TX 79045 T: 806-357-222, Fax: 806-357-2224, E-mail: sales@gearn.com Web: www.gearn.com • Hydraulic Chutes • Tubs & Alleys (Fixed & Hydraulics) • Reconditioned Chutes • Truck & Stock Trailer Loadouts Trojan livestock equipment Co., inc. 1-580-772-1849 www.trojanchutes.com Weatherford, OK Plants under drought stress ma- ture more quickly than normal, re- sulting in more rapid declines in hay quality. The same scenario can play out when salvaging a small g rain crop for forage. A s the plant begins to produce heads, the quality and feeding val- ue of the feed decreases rapidly. The only way to know exactly what you have is to collect a representa- tive sample and have it analyzed. View Forage Hay Sampling Method at this link: www.youtube. com/watch?v=uQT8w7bHfuA. Problems That limit (or Prevent) Feed usefulness Some issues simply can't be solved with a supplement. Feeds can contain harmful com- pounds or other issues that either limit the amount that can be used or in extreme cases prevent the feed from being used at all. nitrate Concerns Nitrate concerns immediately come to mind during drought. Salvaged small grain crops har- vested for hay are notorious for ac- cumulating nitrates, but weeds such as kochia or pigweed can as well. The usefulness of feeds containing nitrates depends upon the concen- tration of nitrates. The only way to know for cer- tain is to have these feeds tested. Producers can find more in-depth i nformation on making use of feeds that contain nitrates by reading Nitrate Poisoning of Livestock: Causes & Prevention which can be found at this link: igrow.org/up/ resources/02-2041-2012.pdf. u

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