Posted 2/10/2019 00:33 (#7310295 - in reply to #7310190) Subject: RE: What’s safest economical ration?
Buy green calves and grow them slow for the first 100-150 days to build capacity and frame. Got all the pens of started calves on the same ration. All feed stuffs are home raised except the liquid protein. Feed minimal amounts of grain the first 100 days, so incoming cattle cannot be burned up butterballs. Current ration.......as fed.
I'd guess the screenings could be causing the bloat....especially the pigeon grass seeds.
I have fed a simple grower of 20% ground alfalfa and 80% corn silage plus a liquid supplement. Works great however in your case it may make the calves a touch fleshy and give them the apearence of being "full" when sold through the auction ring. In your case I'd look at 20% alfalfa, 20% grass hay and 60% corn silage......that would be a real safe ration, and keep'em somewhat green. Bloat would not be a concern.