Beets and or turnips for cattle feed

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Beets and or turnips for cattle feed

Post by Hereford2 » Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:28 pm

Hi I'm curious if anyone here has ever used Sugar Beets or Turnips for cattle feed?



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Re: Beets and or turnips for cattle feed

Post by kenny thomas » Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:12 pm

Hereford2 wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:28 pm
Hi I'm curious if anyone here has ever used Sugar Beets or Turnips for cattle feed?
I have not but beer pulp is used a lot for show cattle.
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Re: Beets and or turnips for cattle feed

Post by Hereford2 » Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:22 pm

I'm tossing around the idea of Growing Sugar Beets and or Turnips to supplement my steers im fattening, to butcher for my own consumption. I priced beet pulp from my local feed stores and it's $30 to $34 a hundred pounds.

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Re: Beets and or turnips for cattle feed

Post by Stocker Steve » Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:10 am

We feed some sugar beets. They are $400 to $500 for about 46,000 pounds wet.
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Re: Beets and or turnips for cattle feed

Post by Hereford2 » Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:53 am

How are they on food value for cattle? Have you ever used them to fatten cattle?

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Post by Stocker Steve » Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:06 pm

Lots of food value and economics reports out there. NDSU has published a number of them.

Issue is raw beets are a high moisture/low fiber feed, and putting more than 10 to 15% in a cattle ration can increase "rate of passage" and they will be nice like a goose. :shock: Then they do not get the expected value from feed.
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Re: Beets and or turnips for cattle feed

Post by Hereford2 » Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:31 pm

Ok thank you for the response, I may use it as a partial feed, ? If I think it's worth it for my situation. I'm sure it is if it's available in large quantities in your area. I don't know where to start in my area unless I grow my own?🤔

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Re: Beets and or turnips for cattle feed

Post by DCA farm » Sat Oct 05, 2019 1:11 pm

I’ve wondered same thing and I thought about planting turnip in my winter pasture but don’t want the cows to choke on them only reason I ain’t done it

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Re: Beets and or turnips for cattle feed

Post by Stocker Steve » Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:12 pm

There are alot of hybrid forage turnips out there that are mostly tops.
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Post by turklilley » Sat Oct 05, 2019 5:32 pm

I grow turnips every year. Cattle were slow to eat them at first. After they got started, they like them. I have had a cow choke on one of the bulbs, but she got it out before I got a rope on her.

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Re: Beets and or turnips for cattle feed

Post by sim.-ang.king » Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:14 pm

Barkant are a good greens turnip, but purple tops you can find at just about any farm store, or seed dealer. 3-4#/acres is enough.
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Re: Beets and or turnips for cattle feed

Post by Hereford2 » Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:07 am

Thank you for the info! 👍 Are you saying 3 to 4 pounds of seeds an acre?

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Re: Beets and or turnips for cattle feed

Post by kenny thomas » Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:52 am

Hereford2 wrote:
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:07 am
Thank you for the info! 👍 Are you saying 3 to 4 pounds of seeds an acre?
At 170,000 seed per lb that's a lot of turnips.
At 4# per acre that's 680,000 turnips per acre.
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Re: Beets and or turnips for cattle feed

Post by DCA farm » Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:12 am

kenny thomas wrote:
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:52 am
Hereford2 wrote:
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:07 am
Thank you for the info! 👍 Are you saying 3 to 4 pounds of seeds an acre?
At 170,000 seed per lb that's a lot of turnips.
At 4# per acre that's 680,000 turnips per acre.
He Might have to pull a few for personal consumption with a little cornbread

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Re: Beets and or turnips for cattle feed

Post by Stocker Steve » Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:38 pm

Really really easy to over seed brassicas in a mix. Small seed and rapid germination.
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