Grinding my own feed.

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Grinding my own feed.

Postby AKE » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:14 pm

Been grinding feed to put out in self feeder for calves. Just wondering what you all think of mix. 2 ton mix of 4 bales alfalfa hay, 300 pounds soybean meal, bag of ADE, 200 pound stock salt, and the rest corn.
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Re: Grinding my own feed.

Postby True Grit Farms » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:21 pm

Why are you adding salt?
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Re: Grinding my own feed.

Postby AKE » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:25 pm

To slow them down from eating it to fast. Put in a self feeder with 30 head eating out of it
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Re: Grinding my own feed.

Postby bball » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:10 pm

TB is gonna want to know what that alfalfa tested at when he checks in..
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Re: Grinding my own feed.

Postby jltrent » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:11 pm

All of your calves will have high blood pressure and your equipment, self feeder will be eat up and rusted down from all that salt.
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Re: Grinding my own feed.

Postby AKE » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:22 pm

Calves range 450-600 pounds. I put the salt to it because they were eating it in 5-6 days
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Re: Grinding my own feed.

Postby jltrent » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:54 pm

AKE wrote:Calves range 450-600 pounds. I put the salt to it because they were eating it in 5-6 days



Daily salt requirement for mature cattle is less than 1 oz/head/day. With 30 head 600 lbs. probably no more than 2-3 pound a day of salt and that is plenty.
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Re: Grinding my own feed.

Postby kenny thomas » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:46 pm

AKE wrote:Calves range 450-600 pounds. I put the salt to it because they were eating it in 5-6 days

That's an average of 11lb per head per day if it lasts 6 days. Perfectly acceptable amount for them to eat. Talk the salt out of the mix
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