Feed Lot

SEP-OCT 2018

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FEED•LOT September/October 2018 7 In addition, the crew no longer rushes to feed-out silage before it spoils. Previously, the feedyard saw spoilage on the face of the bunker. Now, Lancaster said there is almost no spoilage. Rhea Brothers GP significant- ly improved its bottom line feed costs, and Lancaster attributes the turnaround to his team's willing- ness to rethink its silage strategy. He also credits the expert assis- tance from ISU, UNL and Lalle - mand Animal Nutrition. "Not only did Lallemand pro- vide us with management tips and inoculant solutions, but the cus- tomer service from their field team was top-notch," Lancaster said. "The in-field team they have was willing to go the extra mile to make sure we had the right solutions for our operation. There are a thousand different producers out there, but they made sure we were taken care of." FL Managing Microbes Lancaster also changed up the feedyard's forage inoculant. He selected Biotal ® Plus II inoculant because it contained two bacterial strains — Pediococcus pentosa- ceus 12455 and Propionibacterium freudenreichii R2453 — proven to provide a fast, efficient fermen- tation, and help with the stability during feedout, respectively. The rapid action of P. pentosaceus 12455 helped Rhea Brothers GP directly combat shrink loss. Improving fermentation helps improve overall silage quality, which can directly impact the bottom line. In a study conducted by Kansas State University, the two specific strains applied to HMC resulted in steers consuming 4 percent more feed and gaining 6.8 percent faster than cattle fed the untreated ration. Overall, the study saw an overall increase of 6.6 pounds per ton dry matter intake (DMI). "There are a lot of inoculant choices out there," Dr. Schmidt said. "I always recommend producers choose a research-proven product. Using the right inoculant is one of the most cost-effective ways to help the fermentation process. Driving a fast, efficient fermentation process is the key to reducing shrink loss and improving silage quality." The Results After adjusting management practices and inoculant choices, Rhea Brothers GP saw a significant improvement in their ryelage — re- ducing their shrink losses from 30 percent down to 11 percent. Lan- caster said the quality of the silage was visibly improved and green all the way through the pile. "Since improving our manage- ment practices, and adding Biotal Plus II, we have a lot less waste," Lancaster said. "I've noticed that our calves aren't sorting the ration as much as they previously did." Call 800.466.1146 today or visit AgLoan.com A part of the Farm Credit System. Equal Opportunity Lender/Employer/Provider. Manage your risks with crop insurance from American AgCredit. You can rest easy, knowing that we'll be there for you, no matter what tomorrow brings. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

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