Running low on hay for cows help.

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Re: Running low on hay for cows help.

Post by 1wlimo » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:02 am

I have been feeding rolled oats to supplement one custom herd. The hay tested low for energy and good for protein, so the oats provide the energy that keeps the hay use in check.

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Re: Running low on hay for cows help.

Post by TexasBred » Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:08 pm

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You can feed them a commodity mix and get them through just fine. Really need troughs to feed it though. If you have a local mill give them a call. Probably have to feed 12# a day but will be cheaper than hay.
When you say "commodity mix" exactly what is it.
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Re: Running low on hay for cows help.

Post by Lucky » Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:45 pm

TexasBred wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:08 pm
Lucky wrote:
Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:59 am
You can feed them a commodity mix and get them through just fine. Really need troughs to feed it though. If you have a local mill give them a call. Probably have to feed 12# a day but will be cheaper than hay.
When you say "commodity mix" exactly what is it.
Ideally it would be whatever is cheapest and meets your needs. I've fed several mixes but this year it's 45% cracked corn, 20% linseed, 10% WCS, 10% soyhulls, 10% DDG, and mineral pack with mollasses to keep the dust down. Kind of long way to get there but seems to be working good and the cost hasn't gone up. I really like the WSC compared to hulls. The hulls bridge over too bad in the feeder and for whatever reason the price seems to vary on it. I'm guessing availability but who really knows.

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