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Post by Newrancher2020 » Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:33 pm

Do y’all just feed your cows hay and let them graze the pasture or do y’all add grain in too



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Re: Feeding

Post by kenny thomas » Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:37 pm

Mine only get grain a few times a year when I'm working or selling them.
Calves get weaned and eat grain every day.
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Re: Feeding

Post by SBMF 2015 » Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:51 pm

Your cows will only work as had for you as you do for them.
I feed Purina wind & rain mineral year round. The cows live in grass all summer, then mid September I start green chopping corn so I can save my hay for winter. I calve in March. From Nov through March I feed 25lbs of corn silage, 10lbs corn stalks, 20lbs good mixed hay, and 1/2lb of Purina balancer per Hd per day. In January they start getting 2lbs of shell corn, and in February I upped it to 4.7lbs Hd/day.
I chopped 10 acres of silage and it is going to end up saving me almost 100 round bales this year!
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Re: Feeding

Post by kenny thomas » Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:58 pm

And I use good mineral, stockpile fescue for the winter and spend very little on anything else.
I'm sure you have very good calves but I'm not sure what the profit difference is. Not saying I'm right but it's what I do.
I'm hoping to graze 325 -330 days next winter.
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Re: Feeding

Post by pricefarm » Sun Mar 01, 2020 5:50 pm

kenny thomas wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:58 pm
And I use good mineral, stockpile fescue for the winter and spend very little on anything else.
I'm sure you have very good calves but I'm not sure what the profit difference is. Not saying I'm right but it's what I do.
I'm hoping to graze 325 -330 days next winter.
Iam thinking of selling some cows and running fewer hoping to graze longer. I have feed way to much hay this winter. How many acres per cow are you running?

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Re: Feeding

Post by kenny thomas » Sun Mar 01, 2020 6:30 pm

About 1.5 acres per cow. Will get less than that soon. But it cost to get there.
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Re: Feeding

Post by Newrancher2020 » Sun Mar 01, 2020 6:59 pm

I am running 1 an acre

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Post by Hardnosecattleco » Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:04 pm

I make sure I got all my salt blocks out and if the pasture is keeping up I don't feed out hay but if needed I do. I feed grain daily just so the cows know bthe grain bucket. Just insurance I suppose

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Re: Feeding

Post by kenny thomas » Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:17 pm

Newrancher2020 wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 6:59 pm
I am running 1 an acre
Are you running 1 per acre year round? Very good job if you are. I can't do that.
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Re: Feeding

Post by Newrancher2020 » Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:34 pm

kenny thomas wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:17 pm
Newrancher2020 wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 6:59 pm
I am running 1 an acre
Are you running 1 per acre year round? Very good job if you are. I can't do that.
For the most part I do

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Re: Feeding

Post by pricefarm » Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:13 am

Newrancher2020 wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:34 pm
kenny thomas wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:17 pm
Newrancher2020 wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 6:59 pm
I am running 1 an acre
Are you running 1 per acre year round? Very good job if you are. I can't do that.
For the most part I do
That what I run 1 pair per acre. I had to start feeding hay around the first of December and will feed probably to around April. I might cut back to 1 pair per 2 acres. I have several old cows and a couple crazy ones that might get sold and not replaced

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Re: Feeding

Post by kenny thomas » Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:28 am

pricefarm wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:13 am
Newrancher2020 wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:34 pm
kenny thomas wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:17 pm

Are you running 1 per acre year round? Very good job if you are. I can't do that.
For the most part I do
That what I run 1 pair per acre. I had to start feeding hay around the first of December and will feed probably to around April. I might cut back to 1 pair per 2 acres. I have several old cows and a couple crazy ones that might get sold and not replaced
I'm still not sure where the profit between feeding hay all winter or grazing less numbers is break even. But I hate feeding when it's so nasty out.
It's very different to graze 8 months as you say and get to 11 months. I can get 10 months pretty easy but 11 is very hard.
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Re: Feeding

Post by Dsth » Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:35 am

I feed my cows about 2.5 lbs. of ground corn the year round. they are out on pasture when available from May until snow flies. I figure it is a lot easier to have the cows come to me during the summer so I can check for pinkeye or any other health problems that may come up. feed free choice mineral year round and feed good quality hay in winter when my calving season is (December-February.)

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Re: Feeding

Post by kenny thomas » Mon Mar 02, 2020 2:44 pm

pricefarm wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:13 am
Newrancher2020 wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:34 pm
kenny thomas wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:17 pm

Are you running 1 per acre year round? Very good job if you are. I can't do that.
For the most part I do
That what I run 1 pair per acre. I had to start feeding hay around the first of December and will feed probably to around April. I might cut back to 1 pair per 2 acres. I have several old cows and a couple crazy ones that might get sold and not replaced
Does the one pair per acre include the acres it takes to grow hay? That's fantastic if it does.
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Re: Feeding

Post by pricefarm » Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:41 pm

kenny thomas wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 2:44 pm
pricefarm wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:13 am
Newrancher2020 wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:34 pm


For the most part I do
That what I run 1 pair per acre. I had to start feeding hay around the first of December and will feed probably to around April. I might cut back to 1 pair per 2 acres. I have several old cows and a couple crazy ones that might get sold and not replaced
Does the one pair per acre include the acres it takes to grow hay? That's fantastic if it does.
No that’s just grazing. What two months do you feed hay?

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