Brewers grain cow pie

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Brewers grain cow pie

Post by Bdubbs55 » Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:44 pm

I have been a lurker for a while now and can usually find what I'm looking for that has already been posted. Lots of great info on here. I have 2 bred cows, 2 calves and I am very green. Been feeding my cows brewers grain for about 3 months now. They have unlimited feed, I also give what they go through in hay and feed some all stock grain with alfalfa pellets mixed in. Their pies seem to be quite tall and there is a bit of undigested barley in there. The cows seem quite healthy and seem to putting on weight. Wondering if the size of the pie is trying to tell me somthing? Any help is appreciated.



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Re: Brewers grain cow pie

Post by greggy » Wed Nov 27, 2019 6:13 am

The size of the pile is realed to animal size and feed 😀

They wont digest the hulls.....it is not like whole grain though as I understand.

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Re: Brewers grain cow pie

Post by Bdubbs55 » Thu Nov 28, 2019 12:11 am

I guess I'm just used to seeing more flat cow pies these are probably 5 to 6 inches tall.

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Re: Brewers grain cow pie

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:48 am

Interesting topic. Could be a lack of protein.

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Re: Brewers grain cow pie

Post by Bdubbs55 » Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:11 am

I'm thinking I will get the brewers grain tested so I can have a starting point

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Re: Brewers grain cow pie

Post by greggy » Sat Nov 30, 2019 7:08 am

Why try and diagnose a problem that is not already existing ?

You can look around and get an idea of what is in brewers grain, and make rest of ration too suit, then, a few months down the track, test the animals, not the poop IMO, and see if anything is lacking whilst they are still healthy.

I could have 6 calves, on exact same feed, one squirting, one hard as rocks, and the rest somewhere in between, I look at how they act, look for if hydrated if very loose...etc, hydration is important.

I think your feeding them very well and a lot of un digestible hulls being excreted, that is my take, but I am green too.

When watching what comes out the rear, with sheep and calves, I look at other factors...i.e I just fed them a week of very wet food... = loose, but otherwise acting normal and lot of energy...ok..

When loose, if weak, lethargic, at rear end of mob always, general apathy, then there is an issue....

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Re: Brewers grain cow pie

Post by Red Boots Farm » Sat Nov 30, 2019 1:54 pm

I'm getting my first supply of brewer's grain from a new brewery that is opening soon in a nearby town. I jumped on it when I heard they were opening. I've never used it before -- have only read about it. I have a bred heifer (new to this too) that gets a little grain, mostly hay; a feeder steer that gets grain/hay; and two 4-week-old bottle calves that are eating starter and hay as well. Also laying hens. Dairy goats too but I'm more cautious with them.

The brewery will supply far more than I need (four 35-gal. containers every time they brew) so I'm asking other cattle farmer neighbors if they would like some. The owner also has another farmer interested. Concerned about it freezing in winter -- I know you are supposed to feed it right away. What percentage should be fed? I know it's wet, like a slurry, and might take some time for them to develop a taste for it.

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Re: Brewers grain cow pie

Post by sim.-ang.king » Sat Nov 30, 2019 1:56 pm

Brewers grain is high in fiber, so along with hay, and alfalfa I would expect a pretty firm pile. If they are doing good, than keep on truckin.
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Re: Brewers grain cow pie

Post by TexasBred » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:00 pm

Bdubbs55 wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:11 am
I'm thinking I will get the brewers grain tested so I can have a starting point
Bddubs here is a link that will show you a typical analysis on WBG on a dry matter basis (all moisture removed) Might be of some help to you.

https://cscgold.com/products-commodity- ... -analysis/
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Re: Brewers grain cow pie

Post by Kingfisher » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:12 pm

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Re: Brewers grain cow pie

Post by Petercoates87 » Mon Dec 16, 2019 4:25 pm

Hey guys. I have been feeding brewers grain for over a year now. Pack that be nice to them!! Its higher in protein but also higher in fiber. Because the higher fiber it will keep their poop firm. But when the dams calf there will be tons of milk. I feed mostly second cut round and brewers grain n supplement with mineral licks. Just had a 16 month old holstein bull butchered raised on this diet that dressed 540lbs. I was pretty happy with it.

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Re: Brewers grain cow pie

Post by Richnm » Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:13 pm

It’s not higher in protein or nutrition on a DRY MATTER basis. It’s junk. I tried it my cows lost condition, they looked better on hay , it’s a messy , smelly , time consuming, waste of time.

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Re: Brewers grain cow pie

Post by sim.-ang.king » Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:26 am

24-32% protein, NEm 0.81, NEg 0.52, TDN 73.9 on a DM basis.
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Re: Brewers grain cow pie

Post by greggy » Sun Dec 22, 2019 6:10 am

Anything wet needs to have the water volume taken into account, as well as anything that cannot be digested.....

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Re: Brewers grain cow pie

Post by Richnm » Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:02 am

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