One of the biggest benefits of feeding 100% distillers grain cubes is the reduced need for top quality forage. With the naturally concentrated protein and energy in the feed, producers are able to supplement any type of forage from pasture to stocks to old hay bales.
“We startued out using last years fesuce hay. It wasn’t very good, just the last we had left,” Matt said.
The cattle were weighed on arrival after shipping 550 miles straight off the cow and had shrunk 6%. Weighed again at 30 days on feed, they had gained back the 6% shrink plus an additional 10 pounds. Matt plans to weigh again at 60 days but has yet to process the calves.
“We haven’t run them in a head chute yet,” he said. “We need to get it done, but we’re getting along so well with the health right now we hate to knock it. We haven’t had to doctor anything yet.”
With ever-increasing costs and regulations for medicine and supplies, managing herd health is critical and nutrition can make or break an otherwise strong health program. Matt said he has definitely seen a difference with the DDG pellets.
“If things keep going like this, we’ll be feeding a lot of this product,” he said.