The Moriondo crew is also using distillers grain cubes to grow registered replacement heifers. The heifers are fed 3 lbs. of cubes 5 days a week.
“They are growing really good,” Arnold said. “They have good frames and aren’t overly fleshy, which to me is a good thing come breeding time.”
With so much success in the other areas of the operation, Arnold is interested to see how the DDG cubes can be implemented in their bull program. The ranch hosts two bull sales each year, selling more than 200 animals annually. The bulls are raised and weaned on the farm, then sent to Nebraska for GrowSafe testing.
Arnold says the testing allows them to track feed efficiency, which is a big selling point for their customers.
“With a large amount of our customers being commercial cattlemen, we all need to be looking at the bottom line,” Arnold said. “That relative feed efficiency on the bull is 90% transferrable to offspring. So, whether it’s a guy selling his weaned calves showing his customer that these cattle are efficient on feed, or if it’s someone feeding them all the way through the yard, that’s a huge benefit.”
Moriondo bulls are still currently receiving a mixed ration, but Arnold is looking forward to making a change in the future.
“Moving forward I would like to see what those bulls will do on a cube now that we know the efficiency of those animals,” Arnold said. “My goal is to see if they perform like our yearlings where we see less flesh and more muscle and frame. At the end of the day, we want a bull that will perform for our customers.”