Winter annuals and feed

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Winter annuals and feed

Post by rockroadseminole » Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:32 pm

We plant a bunch of rye and clover under irrigation in the winter. Stockers typically grow in the ADG of 2# range. As you’ve seen from my sewer pipe post, I’m feeding a lot more than I used to but have never fed cattle on grazing.
Any benefit to supplementing with 5-10# per day stockers on high quality grazing? If so, how much extra ADG can I shoot for? Or would this allow for higher stocking rates?



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Re: Winter annuals and feed

Post by kenny thomas » Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:44 pm

I don't have the answer but if the cost for the added gain was low enough and the conversion rate was good it might be ok.
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Re: Winter annuals and feed

Post by rockroadseminole » Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:15 am

I’m having a $0.72 cost of gain with the ones I’m feeding now, as of last time I weighed some. They are on old bahia pasture. I don’t know if there will be room for extra growth when the grazing is better. For example, would conversion rate be different?

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Re: Winter annuals and feed

Post by Allenw » Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:11 am

I would look at it real hard before going that way. As well as looking at the cattle I was putting out and even what I was planting. Rye has it's advantages but so do wheat, triticale, oats and even some of the brassica crops. A wider mix might give you a better season long grazing. It all depends on your goals, I'm cheap and lazy so putting out feed doesn't get me fired up on a couple of levels.

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Re: Winter annuals and feed

Post by callmefence » Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:19 am

I wouldn't think feeding grain to stocker calves on good grazing would be needed. In fact could be counterproductive. What's that saying....you can't go back to grass...I would save the grain for feeder's or as insurance should my grass play out for whatever reason.
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