Feed Lot

MAR 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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distillers the results agree with the previous studies; however, feed conversions were only improved 1.2% for cattle fed full-fat distillers g rains. Steers fed de-oiled distillers g rains with added corn oil had a numerical improvement in average daily gain by 2.5%, feed conversion by 3.7%, and hot carcass weight by 7 lbs. compared to steers fed full- fat distillers grains. In this study, it was determined that if corn oil is priced below $0.25/lb., the improve- ment in feed efficiency provides an opportunity to economically add corn oil back to the ration. Most of the available research would support that reducing the oil content from distillers in the ranges looked at in these studies does not appear to greatly reduce the feed value for finishing cattle, but the response is inconsistent. As more oil is removed from distillers be- yond the levels discussed, the im- pact it has on cattle performance may be greater. With technology ad- v ancements, ethanol plants will l ikely continue to find additional ways to capture value from the main components of distillers grains (protein, fat, fiber) which will likely change the feed even more. Currently, distillers grains remain an excellent feed and often times our least expensive source of pro- tein and energy, but it is important that we remain mindful of the tech- nologies in place by ethanol plants and how it may impact the value of the feed in the future. For more information on this topic or other nutrition-related questions, visit Great Plains Livestock Con- sulting at www.gplc-inc.com. FL 8 FEED•LOT  March 2018 FEEDLOT FOCUS Hold the Oil... from previous page Drought Influences Cattle on Feed By DERRELL S. PEEL, OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION LIVESTOCK MARKETING SPECIALIST D r o u g h t c o n d i t i o n s i n t h e Southern Plains likely con- tributed to larger than expected feedlot placements in the latest Cattle on Feed report. Total Janu- ary placements were 104.4 percent of last year, with Texas up 11.1 per- cent year over year and Oklahoma up 30.6 percent from one year ago. Feedlots placed 8.6 percent more cattle in the September to January period compared to one year ago. Total feedlot marketings in January were 106.1 percent of one year ago. The February 1 on-feed total was 107.9 percent of last year. Limited winter grazing numbers and early movement of wheat pasture cattle to feedlots means that little of the normal March run of wheat pasture cattle will be seen this year in the Southern Plains. Likewise few cattle remain or are likely to be purchased for wheat grazeout. Early placement of feeders in the feedlots means that the short term supply of feeder cattle outside of feedlots is tighter, as reflected in the year over year decrease in the estimated January 1 feeder supply. However, many of the lightweight feeders placed late in 2017 will remain in feedlots until mid-2018. Feedlots are pretty full and will have reduced demand for feeders for some time yet this spring, thus the overall supply-de- mand balance may not have changed much. Larger feedlot placements in recent months rep- resents a change in timing of feed- lot production but not a change in the overall supply situation. In gen- eral, while feedlots will not main- tain the placement rate of recent months going forward, feeder cat- tle numbers will be larger in 2018 supporting increased cattle slaugh- ter and beef production. FL

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