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grain feed in winter

Postby ky colonel » Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:57 pm

What amount of corn or cattle mix does everyone feed in winter to cows to keep conditions good?
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Re: grain feed in winter

Postby 5S Cattle » Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:03 pm

If the weather isn’t bad I feed 3-4 lbs cottonseed every other day. If it’s cold I just fill the feed troughs up and let them eat
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Postby kenny thomas » Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:32 pm

Nothing but hay and stockpiled fescue. Weaned calves will get hay and 2% of their body weight of 16% mix feed.
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Re: grain feed in winter

Postby turklilley » Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:40 pm

Eight pounds of mixed grains, and free choice hay.
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Re: grain feed in winter

Postby Allenw » Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:53 pm

Low quality hay or dry grass and some protein supplement, feedlot cows don't make it here.
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Re: grain feed in winter

Postby Silver » Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:14 pm

Hay and TM salt
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Re: grain feed in winter

Postby Nesikep » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:31 am

Silver wrote:Hay and TM salt

That's what mine get, and not always great hay either.. usually oat hay until new years or so, then first cut grass/alfalfa.. second cut for after calving and they're milking
replacement heifers get some treats.. a bucket of sunflower pressings a day
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Re: grain feed in winter

Postby greybeard » Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:42 am

Mineral, salt, hay and some range cubes. Some years I've fed range meal too but usually not.
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Re: grain feed in winter

Postby True Grit Farms » Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:10 am

Corn and cotton seed as needed. This might be a year that we'll have to supplement feed. We have plenty of 6 to 8% hay but that just won't cut it when it's rainy and cold.
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Re: grain feed in winter

Postby ddd75 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:19 am

30 lb / day hay and mineral.
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Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:57 pm

Probably depends on location.
I feed my cows 1st cut baleage and free-choice loose mineral. Weaned heifers get 1st cut baleage and 5# whole shell corn + mineral until they are bred in the spring & when turned out on grass, they are cows and don't need supplements.
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Re: grain feed in winter

Postby True Grit Farms » Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:26 pm

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:Probably depends on location.
I feed my cows 1st cut baleage and free-choice loose mineral. Weaned heifers get 1st cut baleage and 5# whole shell corn + mineral until they are bred in the spring & when turned out on grass, they are cows and don't need supplements.

Three or four years ago we had a lot of hay just not quality, and a wet freezing cold winter at times. A lot of folks lost cows some lost a bunch by not knowing what kind of hay they were feeding. Most folks feed free choice hay and as long as it's 7-8% P and the tdn over 50 a cow can survive on hay only. If you add freezing rain and lower either the tdn or protein you'll either starve or freeze your cows to death.
I think your hay is like rocket fuel compared to our hay.
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Re: grain feed in winter

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:15 am

True Grit Farms wrote:
Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:Probably depends on location.
I feed my cows 1st cut baleage and free-choice loose mineral. Weaned heifers get 1st cut baleage and 5# whole shell corn + mineral until they are bred in the spring & when turned out on grass, they are cows and don't need supplements.

Three or four years ago we had a lot of hay just not quality, and a wet freezing cold winter at times. A lot of folks lost cows some lost a bunch by not knowing what kind of hay they were feeding. Most folks feed free choice hay and as long as it's 7-8% P and the tdn over 50 a cow can survive on hay only. If you add freezing rain and lower either the tdn or protein you'll either starve or freeze your cows to death.
I think your hay is like rocket fuel compared to our hay.

Yeah, I haven't checked for some time, but usually around 16% P. Our crappy July cut hay from last year was probably better than a lot of hay put up around the country. Cows lost condition, but survived & kept their pregnancy. We have rather "harsh" winters - a very "wet" cold.
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Re: grain feed in winter

Postby Dave » Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:55 am

Cows get all the Bent grass or Blue grass straw (comes from grass seed growers) that they want. It runs about 6 or 7 percent CP. And they are limit fed about 5 pounds of alfalfa a day. Cows did just fine on that. Last year the grass seed straw was $80 a ton delivered and the feeder alfalfa was $120 a ton delivered. That is a whole bunch cheaper than feeding any grain.
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