Feed Barley ?

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Feed Barley ?

Postby Stocker Steve » Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:39 am

I heard that the amount of barley being feed has gone down as the corn belt moved north and west. Where does barley fit best in low cost rations?
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Re: Feed Barley ?

Postby Bigfoot » Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:54 am

I have no idea, but as a compliment to you, you ask some of the best questions on here. Cost of gain, return on investment, etc and so on. I hadn't heard those words since college. Makes me want to try harder.
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Re: Feed Barley ?

Postby cjmc » Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:12 am

What does it cost per pound?
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Re: Feed Barley ?

Postby Dave » Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:39 pm

From college animal nutrition class about 45 years ago it was taught that barley was worth about 95% of the value of corn.
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Re: Feed Barley ?

Postby turklilley » Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:56 pm

95% of corn, and a whole lot cheaper to grow. Makes for nice white fat too. I use it for 1/4 of my ration.
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Re: Feed Barley ?

Postby Silver » Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:50 am

Costs aside, it makes for the yummiest beef :D
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Re: Feed Barley ?

Postby ddd75 » Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:43 am

seems like its a standard in rations out west.
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Re: Feed Barley ?

Postby TexasBred » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:30 am

Good ingredient with more protein than corn and a little less energy but still excellent. Only drawback down this way is cost so it's seldom used in anything except horse feeds and a few show calf feeds.
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