Feed Lot

DEC 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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total feed intake at the same time the corn portion of the diet is in- creasing. Additionally, the total diet s hould not contain more than 60% grain on a dry matter basis, and re- member that half of corn silage is grain on a dry matter basis. Also, increase intake conservatively, and NEVER increasing feed intake two days in a row once a pen of cattle has achieved ad libitum intake, should minimize digestive disorders. Rules for Implementation: 1. Feed whole shelled or coarse ground corn (without a screen in the grinder). Young calves chew whole shelled corn so that it's coarse ground in the rumen. 2. When any pen reaches the point where they are leaving .5 lb/hd/d, that pen will be consid- ered to have reached ad libitum intake and be held for at least 1 day before an increase in intake. 3. If a pen is still consuming all feed offered at 2.2% of body weight, it will be held for 2 days before having its feed offering increased. 4 . Provide clean water and alfalfa o r high-protein grass-legume hay directly off the truck and allow cattle a rest period be- fore processing them. 5. Make sure there is an elec- trolyte solution in the water that the calves drink immediately off the truck to restore cellular sodium and potassium levels. 6. Provide 30 cm (12 inches) of bunk space per calf for the first 14 days. 7. If corn silage is being fed, it MUST be kept fresh. Clean out feed bunks daily. 8. Remember not to push feed to the back of the bunks where calves can't reach it. Also, don't pull feed so far forward that calves can't see it when they look in the bunk. Keep feed about in the middle of the feed bunk. 9. Pull feed to the center of the feed bunk every 4 to 6 hours for the first 48 hours. Do this s lowly so the cattle are in- t rigued, but not scared. 10. NEVER walk in the feed bunks, as this spreads pathogens from your boots. 11. Feed newly arrived cattle the same time each day. FL FEED•LOT  December 2017 11 Feed offered as a % of Day No. body weight, Dry Matter basis 1 1.50% 2 1.60% 3 1.70% 4 1.80% 5 1.90% 6 2.00% 7 2.05% 8 2.10% 9 2.15% 10 2.20%

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