Running low on hay for cows help.

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Running low on hay for cows help.

Post by AKE » Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:39 pm

I think I have enough hay to last until the middle of March or possibly the end of March depending on the weather. It hasn't been to kind to my hay pile of late though. Needing a idea to help supplement the cows to try and stretch my hay pile out. Big bales are scarce around here and pushing 100 bale and I feel like there would be a better solution. Thanks



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Re: Running low on hay for cows help.

Post by Bigfoot » Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:30 pm

You’ll get varied answers, but I’m in the same canoe. I’ve been limit feeding hay, and started putting out DDG. Came in yesterday, and it was raining like a cow peeing on a flat rock, and temps heading to the teens. I sat out 4 rolls, and they were gone by this afternoon. Makes me think they aren’t getting enough.
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Re: Running low on hay for cows help.

Post by JMJ Farms » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:17 pm

Caustic Burno had a good ration that he used back during the drought. Don’t remember what I was. Cottonseed meal and salt I think. Maybe he will chime in or you could PM him.
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Re: Running low on hay for cows help.

Post by Caustic Burno » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:34 pm

2-1-1 two parts ground corn one part CSM one part salt for a limiter with five gallons molasses to the ton.
Should test 14 to 16 % protein.
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Re: Running low on hay for cows help.

Post by Caustic Burno » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:41 pm

That will run 310 a ton at my feed mill in a super sack about 340 in 50 pound sacks.
Cows will consume 5 to 6 pounds a day.
When you first put it out they will go through more the first few days. Then they will back off to the above pounds.
Do not run out or they will repeat the process.
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Re: Running low on hay for cows help.

Post by DCA farm » Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:28 pm

I hate to hear it Guy a hour from me been advertising the be nice out of hay but he wants a small fortune.

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Post by f1tiger » Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:31 pm

Where are you located; can you accept bulk feed , in north east Texas you can get from LNC ( livestock nutritional center) Foreman Arkansas delivered plus or minus $250 a ton with minerals based on what you prefer: they will blend what you need .... good people . Ask for Jennifer as she is this area contact person hope this helps

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Post by DCA farm » Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:33 pm

I've got enough hay to get me through end of April my pastures normally start coming in 1/2 way through March so I'm crossing my fingers nothing stupid happens. I pulled my cows off rye grass last week and hit it with fertilizer it's coming back quick I'm hoping to get 1 more good grazing off it before spring pasture starts coming back

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Post by Lucky » 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.

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Post by sstterry » Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:06 am

DCA farm wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:33 pm
I've got enough hay to get me through end of April my pastures normally start coming in 1/2 way through March so I'm crossing my fingers nothing stupid happens. I pulled my cows off rye grass last week and hit it with fertilizer it's coming back quick I'm hoping to get 1 more good grazing off it before spring pasture starts coming back
Where are you located DCA?

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Re: Running low on hay for cows help.

Post by TCRanch » Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:19 am

Around here a lot of people inject liquid feed into junk bales, even straw, but I don't know how much it costs (break even or pencil out?). We supplement with 20% protein cubes (also called range nuggets) and a 30% protein tub.

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Re: Running low on hay for cows help.

Post by DCA farm » Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:40 am

sstterry wrote:
Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:06 am
DCA farm wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:33 pm
I've got enough hay to get me through end of April my pastures normally start coming in 1/2 way through March so I'm crossing my fingers nothing stupid happens. I pulled my cows off rye grass last week and hit it with fertilizer it's coming back quick I'm hoping to get 1 more good grazing off it before spring pasture starts coming back
Where are you located DCA?
South west Louisiana

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Re: Running low on hay for cows help.

Post by AKE » Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:23 am

Thanks for the input. I live in West Central Missouri. I thought I had enough hay until a foot of snow and some ice storms. May try the ration but put soybean meal in it instead of cotton seed. Nobody really sells cottonseed meal around here

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Re: Running low on hay for cows help.

Post by DCA farm » Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:15 pm

AKE wrote:
Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:23 am
Thanks for the input. I live in West Central Missouri. I thought I had enough hay until a foot of snow and some ice storms. May try the ration but put soybean meal in it instead of cotton seed. Nobody really sells cottonseed meal around here
My cows don't like soybean meal but love cotton seed meal you might can try Cubes on them my feed dealer recommends their cubes to people short on hay.

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Re: Running low on hay for cows help.

Post by Caustic Burno » Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:22 pm

What about Mix 30?
You should have a dealer in your area.

https://www.mix30.com
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