Putting a shine on Beef Heifers ?

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Putting a shine on Beef Heifers ?

Post by Stocker Steve » Thu May 21, 2020 8:44 pm

I am planning to butcher several heiferettes this summer for freezer beef. They will have free choice legume/grass hay and bucket fed grain for about 60 days. I can get a whole corn with pellets mix, or corn screenings. What are the pros and cons for these grains aside from price?


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Re: Putting a shine on Beef Heifers ?

Post by SBMF 2015 » Thu May 21, 2020 9:21 pm

I would say consistency is the biggest concern. Depending on how many bees wings are in the screenings there may not be as many pounds of corn in a bucket every day.
If you can I'd use shell corn and screenings then top dress your pellets in the bunk. That way you can increase your corn and easily keep your protein at a lb/Hd/day.
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Re: Putting a shine on Beef Heifers ?

Post by TexasBred » Fri May 22, 2020 4:47 pm

Stocker Steve wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 8:44 pm
I am planning to butcher several heiferettes this summer for freezer beef. They will have free choice legume/grass hay and bucket fed grain for about 60 days. I can get a whole corn with pellets mix, or corn screenings. What are the pros and cons for these grains aside from price?
Corn screenings should be discounted due as they are full of trash. Corn weights 56 lbs. to the bushel. Good corn screenings "might" weight 49 tops. I would inquire as to the test weight on them.
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Re: Putting a shine on Beef Heifers ?

Post by Stocker Steve » Fri May 22, 2020 5:02 pm

The local store sells an 80/20 mix of rolled corn/Hubbard beef pellet. Seems like a lot of pellets? Any tips with this approach?
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Re: Putting a shine on Beef Heifers ?

Post by Aaron » Fri May 22, 2020 8:01 pm

Any dry heiferette gets dumped on grass here and comes back fat as a tick by end of August.
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Re: Putting a shine on Beef Heifers ?

Post by Stocker Steve » Fri May 22, 2020 10:19 pm

Aaron wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 8:01 pm
Any dry heiferette gets dumped on grass here and comes back fat as a tick by end of August.
Good point. I have locker plant openings in July, but I should consider delaying.
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