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Discussion Board - feeding out steers?

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mosinee dave

08-24-2012 05:56:23

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With corn prices so high I will not be filling the steer stuffer with ground corn free choice but instead dole it out 5 gallon buckets at a time . Only do 2-3 head at a time.So what are you doing to use as a filler to replace some of the corn? I am going to add hay into the grinder

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08-30-2012 11:04:39

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 Re: feeding out steers? in reply to mosinee dave, 08-24-2012 05:56:23  
Good quality hay, free choice, all the time...

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08-24-2012 12:01:50

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 Re: feeding out steers? in reply to mosinee dave, 08-24-2012 05:56:23  
DDG (distillers dried grains) is real popular here, but we have a lot of ethanol plants in the area.

Really, any substitute is getting bought up and used too right now, so won't be many deals.

I hear a fair number of folk with the barren/ less than 10 bu corn are making it into silage and hope to feed calves over winter on it, and hit the expected higher cattle prices next year. They still need to add some energy to that from somewhere, but the silage is a better feed value than just a roughage. Donno how that plan will work out.


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Erik Ks farmer

08-24-2012 08:53:10

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 Re: feeding out steers? in reply to Charlie M, 08-24-2012 05:56:23  
I can't see the logic of holding calves through the winter and pumping high priced feed into them to get a good price in the spring. I just don't see that a guy can put enough weight on them to get the same price in the spring. That he could get for them and the feed he was going to put in them if he sold both today. But I'm just a humble cow calf man.

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mosinee dave

08-24-2012 15:07:54

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 Re: feeding out steers? in reply to Erik Ks farmer, 08-24-2012 08:53:10  
I am not going to put grain in all of them just the ones I have orders to sell by halves or quarters even some whole by people wanting the meat.Rest will be fed round bales

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08-24-2012 06:47:35

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 Re: feeding out steers? in reply to mosinee dave, 08-24-2012 05:56:23  
Nothing. You have to do what you have to do,I have to keep on the same track. Of course I feed a whole bunch more than two or three.

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mosinee dave

08-24-2012 06:53:45

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 Re: feeding out steers? in reply to rrlund, 08-24-2012 06:47:35  
I have a lot more too but only do 2-3 at atime when people want some.Saving my steers should be good price in spring.

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08-24-2012 06:47:35

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 Re: feeding out steers? in reply to mosinee dave, 08-24-2012 05:56:23  
Corn is a high energy feed, if you are fattening livestock you can subsitute one high energy feed for another and have close to the same results, such as barley for corn, oats or wheat for corn etc. but you cannot subsitute a roughage for a high energy concentrate and get the same result in the same length of time. In other words, if you want to fatten the steers for sale or slaughter it is either going to cost more this year or take a lot longer to do it which also costs more, in general, cattle feeding above home use scale does not pay off unless you are growing your own corn, all a cattle feeder is doing is selling his grain on the hoof instead of by the bushel.

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