mature cow range meal consumption per day?

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mature cow range meal consumption per day?

Postby greybeard » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:34 pm

I know it's dependent on lots of things but...
With 'not-the-best' hay available all the time, and no green forage at all, what's an average daily consumption rate per animal for 2:1 or 3:1 range meal?
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Re: mature cow range meal consumption per day?

Postby TexasBred » Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:32 pm

greybeard wrote:I know it's dependent on lots of things but...
With 'not-the-best' hay available all the time, and no green forage at all, what's an average daily consumption rate per animal for 2:1 or 3:1 range meal?


GB after 1st day it should be no more than 3-4 lbs. per head per day.
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Re: mature cow range meal consumption per day?

Postby Brute 23 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:37 pm

I see #3-5 per head, per day on 14% 1-3 salt feed.
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Re: mature cow range meal consumption per day?

Postby TCRanch » Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:18 pm

Good to know, thanks TB. I have pretty decent hay (primarily alfalfa, brome & Bermuda) but just upped my cubes to 3.235 lbs for the cows/bulls/calves and 3.142 for the heifers. Soon as the brutal cold passes I'll slack off a bit. But they also always have access to 30% Smart Lick protein tubs & loose mineral.
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Re: mature cow range meal consumption per day?

Postby greybeard » Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:20 pm

Sounds about right.
3, maybe 4# per day/hd is about what I've seen in the past but this winter, consumption is way down, and the weather has been a lot colder. Maybe my hay is better than I thought. Got it from somewhere different in late Sept, Late, I guess 3rd cut bahia/coastal mix because my original hay was ruined by high water, but I'd be surprised if they are eating more RM than 1 1/2 lb per day each.
(Hay wasn't tested and I'm not going to test it at this late stage of the game)


Is there some reason they would not consume as much in a cold winter as in a milder one?
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Re: mature cow range meal consumption per day?

Postby Caustic Burno » Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:42 pm

TexasBred wrote:
greybeard wrote:I know it's dependent on lots of things but...
With 'not-the-best' hay available all the time, and no green forage at all, what's an average daily consumption rate per animal for 2:1 or 3:1 range meal?
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GB after 1st day it should be no more than 3-4 lbs. per head per day.



GB I feed a 1-1-1 33% CSM,corn and salt and mine will go through about what TB said. On 2-1-1 corn,CSM and salt they can chow down on double as much.
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