Feed Lot

AUG 2018

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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Cornstalks CAREFULLY" (https:// go.unl.edu/m29r) for more infor- mation on grazing. Options exist for utilizing drought stressed corn, but one must look at his/her scenario to deter- mine which situation would work well with the risk taken. Drought- stressed corn can be utilized in sev- eral ways with careful management and care in feeding. FL g 331 .htm. YouTube videos from the Silage for Beef Cattle Conference (https://go.unl.edu/jjoe) will pro- vide more in depth information on producing and using corn silage in cattle rations . Baling corn stover for dry feed If corn grain is minimal on drought-stressed plants and silage is not an option, baling the corn stover for feed is a final opportu- nity. Cut the stover at 8 - 10 inches above the ground when a little green tissue is present and allow to dry down to stover for baling. Nitrates still exist in the corn stover and do not decline as it does in the ensiling process, so caution should be used when feeding. Sending in a sample prior to harvest will allow an initial look at nitrate levels. If nitrate test comes back high and at a dangerous level, cut the plants higher, 8-12 inches off the ground. Grazing drought-stressed ears If mechanical harvest is not planned, one can graze the drought- stressed corn standing in the field. Caution should be made in turning cows out to unlimited access of the field. Seasoned cows will seek out the corn ears before forage, mean- ing the cow will have a high grain diet and an increased risk of aci- dosis. Ensure that cattle are accli- mated by increasing the amount of grain consumed over a week. Cows should not be turned out hungry on drought-stressed corn but rather fill them up on low nitrate forage beforehand. Consider also feeding high quality hay as a supplement and then moving to the corn field for a period of time during the day. Cross fencing and strip grazing areas will help to limit intake and reduce trampling while turned out on drought-stressed corn. Recall nitrates are an issue with higher concentrations noted as you move from top to bottom of the plant. Do not force cattle to eat lower portion of stalk as that is where highest concentration of nitrates exist. See the article "Graze Drought Stressed FEED•LOT August 2018 7 Model: Mark 8 Model: DF-SP-LI PARMAK 2000 Forest Avenue • Kansas City, MO 64108 816-221-2000 • 800-662-1038 Email: info@parmakusa.com • www.parmakusa.com Parker McCrory Mfg. Co. PARMAK, The brand name Ranchers/Farmers have trusted since 1921 PROUDLY MADE IN USA ELECTRIC FENCE CONTROLLER 426G ELECTRIC FENCE CONTROLLER 426G 25 Mile Range 30 Mile Range ® MARK 8 110-120 volt AC Operated ✔ Single or multi-wire high tensile fence. ✔ Advanced built-in computer controlled circuitry ✔ Digital meter shows voltage on fence ✔ Low Impedance ✔ Designed for medium pastures ✔ Charges up to 30 miles of fence ✔ 4.9+ joules ✔ Ideal for livestock or predator control ✔ Full two year warranty ✔ 100% American Made ✔ UL Listed Demand Parmak for all your electric fencing needs! Parmak offers a full line of fence chargers from Battery, Solar Powered and AC Models. See our complete line at: parmakusa.com DELUXE FIELD SOLAR-PAK 6 volt - Solar Powered ✔ Power line convenience in a battery fencer ✔ Shocks through wet weeds & brush ✔ 1.8+ Joules ✔ Built-in meter shows voltage on fence ✔ UL Listed ✔ Low Impedance ✔ Portable ✔ Full two year warranty ✔ Operates for 21 days in total darkness ✔ Totally weatherproof ✔ 100% American Made ✔ 6 volt battery included ✔ Charges up to 25 miles of fence The Leader In Electric Fencing...

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