hillbillycwo wrote:I used 6 tubs last year over our five month winter and the feed mill told me the closer to water the tubs were the more the cows would use. I had 25 head on them and moved the tubs away from the water and that seemed to slow the consumption down. Hay and mineral free choice over the winter and the cows came out of the winter in great condition.
You get good hillbilly.... Place them away from water and also keep out free choice mineral. Consumption on cooks tubs is usually accomplished with tub hardness and/or ph of the product. When you remove the vinyl vapor barrier off the top of the tub it begins to absorb moisture and soften. Cows can only eat the soft part, go off and graze or eat hay and return to the tubs when another small amount has softened enough to be able to eat it. This along with hay quality will control consumption. I wouldn't look for decreased hay consumption because most are designed to actually increase consumption and digestibility of low quality hay. With higher quality hay you'll have even lower consumption of the tubs.