Feed Lot

SEP-OCT 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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FEED•LOT September/October 2018 31 during this time period. On a per head basis, the additional cost of these ingredients amounts to ap- proximately $4–5 over the first 30 days. In other words, it represents far less than 1 % of your investment in the cattle. We would be happy to share the research we use to make these decisions with you if you desire, but rest assured we have your return on investment in mind. For more information, visit Great Plains Livestock Consulting at www. gplc-inc.com. FL be nutrient dense as intakes will likely be low during the first few days, particular- ly on bawling calves. Rations for incoming cattle should gener- ally be at least 14.5% crude protein, 40 % moisture or less, and 35 to 65 % roughage. Fermented forages should be introduced slowly, after the calves are readily coming to the bunk. We recom- mend receiving cattle with high quality grass hay in the bunk, and top-dressing 0 . 5 % – 1 . 0 % of body- weight (BW) on a dry-matter (DM) of starter ration over the hay 12–24 hours later. Over the following days, increase intake of the calves carefully and consistently. Your goal should be to achieve an intake of 1 . 7 – 2 % of BW DM basis by day 7–10 depending on your program. I cannot stress enough that "reading the bunk" is a misnomer when starting calves, you must read the cattle. If you don't read your cattle, you will always get ahead of them, resulting in decreased intakes and feed left in the bunk. In reality, everybody gets ahead of calves some time and knocks them off feed. At the first sign it has happened to a set of calves, I recommend cutting intake sub- stantially in order to make the calves ag- gressive again. It is better not to "chase them down" on in- take, but rather to get underneath them immediately. Do not be afraid to cut DM intake by 25% or more in order to do so. Nutrition of highly-stressed calves is a topic of frequent dis- cussion amongst the GPLC nutri - tionists, and as a group we agree that a starter program benefits from addition of certain key ingredients. We believe a starter supplement should contain a high proportion of their trace minerals from chelated sources, and chromium propionate should be included at a dose proven to drive intake the first 30 days on feed. Additionally, the supplement should contain yeasts designed to enhance energy utilization and/or gut health. All of these products add cost, but during the first 30 days on feed, we are focused on best cost, not least cost – and the two are absolutely not the same RANCH FOR SALE 14,225 acres of Nebraska Sandhills McPherson/Hooker County. 861 acres pivot irrigated for grazing or winter feed; balance rangeland. Ve ry well fenced and watered. Oilmat road access from NE#92 at Tryon. Excellent cattle facilities and shop; nice managers home, second house. WRIGHT VA LLEY RANCH John Childears - 308.539.4450 Mike Polk - 308.539.4446 Bruce Dodson - 308.539.4455 308.534.9240 agriaff iliates.com Jeremy Martin, Ph.D. Specializing In: • Turn-Key Feedyard Construction • Hog Site Construction • Complete Dairy Construction • Sprinkler System • C AD Design • GPS S urvey • Slipform Concrete Feedbunks • Dirtwork o f All Ty pes • Laser-Equipped Machinery • All types of Fencing Phone: 800-536-2634 maxjantzexcavating.com

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