Feed Lot

APR-MAY 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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22 FEED•LOT April/May 2018 — and the tank is well mixed — into the following day." To further improve application, Dr. Schmidt recommends produc- ers calibrate application rates, and check the rates several times a day. Using insulated tanks also helps keep the product cool to help maintain viability. "Even application, and keeping the product cool, helps make the most of your inoculant investment," he concludes. "Combined with good ensiling practices, inoculants can help growers produce high-quality silages that help lower feed costs and improve productivity." FL Uniform distribution of silage inoculants is an important factor in their ability to control the ensil- ing fermentation, and even gravity may be holding back inoculant performance. Some formulations may quickly settle out in the appli- cator tank — resulting in uneven application. "Inoculants contain live bacte- ria that are diluted and applied in small quantities during harvest," says Renato Schmidt, Ph.D., Forage Products Specialist, Lallemand Animal Nutrition. "In as little as an hour, the bacteria, which are heavier than water, can sink to the bottom of the tank. Producers can end up applying the correct con- centration of bacteria for the first 30 to 60 minutes, then applying a more concentrated suspension as the bacteria settle out. Producers could apply pretty much just water later on in the application." To address these issues, produc- ers should look for inoculants with advanced sus- pension technol- ogy, like the high concentration (HC) technology from Lallemand A n i m a l N u t r i - tion. These for- mulations resist sedimentation for up to 24 hours after dilution to produce a more homogenous prod- uct application. Plus, HC technolo- gy inoculants are more compatible with low-volume applicators as there is less risk of clogged pumps. "HC technology produces a more stable suspension and improves bacterial stability," Dr. Schmidt says. "With traditional inoculants, bacteria may only survive a few hours in the tank. If growers don't use a full tank each day, they may have to drain and add fresh inocu- lant each day to get the optimum effectiveness. With HC technolo- gy, the bacteria can remain viable Even Inoculant Application is Key for Quality Silage FEEDLOT FOCUS The Federal Motor Carrier Safe- ty Administration (FMCSA) an- nounced another 90-day waiver on the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate for agriculture in mid-March. "We essentially got an additional 90-day extension for ag commodity haulers from the last 90-day exten- sion," said Allison Cooke, NCBA executive director of government affairs. "During this time, FMCSA hopes they can continue to do out- reach on the devices themselves and provide guidance on the 150-air mile exemption and put out further information that will be helpful as we move down this path on ELD and Hours of Service." Cooke said although the ELD mandate is what brought attention to the topic, the larger issue at hand is Hours of Service. The 11-hours of drive time, 14 hours on duty and a 10- hour rest doesn't really work for the live haul community, she explained. "We have an animal welfare is- sue and weather to deal with when hauling animals. We have a lot of Congressional member support and are working on language to fix hours-of-service so it works for livestock haulers." NCBA President Kevin Kester said it is good news for agriculture, but it will take more time for the industry to work on solutions for the Hours of Service rules. "We continue to work on that legislation, and work with FMSCA," Cooke added. "We've been attack- ing ELDs and Hours of Service from any way possible, and we will continue to do so. When you're out and about and your members of Congress come home, please remind them this is still an issue to you. We got another 90 days, but this is important so you can haul your cattle around the country and feed people." FL ELD waiver extension a win for agriculture, but a permanent solution needed

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