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Feeding cows hay vs feed

Post by Bfields30 » Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:32 am

Have a few hay bales left debating buying more or just starting to buy feed I do feed usually 3 times a week cubes. A guy in my town has some bales and will deliver for free but there 80 a bale and doing the math feel like i would come out better feeding I’m in east Tx I have 8 total 3 bred getting ready to calf this month through March and have cow with calf on her side as well as 3 heifers few months from breeding age. As well as I’m looking into buying in bulk and trying to find a cheap feed bin to purchase as well. What do you guys think I’ll be getting more cows as spring rolls around as well. But all of my cows are in good condition I usually put a bale out a week but my main question is if I feed how much do I feed a week and how much per head?



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Re: Feeding cows hay vs feed

Post by Caustic Burno » Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:24 am

Bfields30 wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:32 am
Have a few hay bales left debating buying more or just starting to buy feed I do feed usually 3 times a week cubes. A guy in my town has some bales and will deliver for free but there 80 a bale and doing the math feel like i would come out better feeding I’m in east Tx I have 8 total 3 bred getting ready to calf this month through March and have cow with calf on her side as well as 3 heifers few months from breeding age. As well as I’m looking into buying in bulk and trying to find a cheap feed bin to purchase as well. What do you guys think I’ll be getting more cows as spring rolls around as well. But all of my cows are in good condition I usually put a bale out a week but my main question is if I feed how much do I feed a week and how much per head?

You can build a bulk feeder pretty common around here.
Tyco in Woodville and Cypress Creek in Buna has bulk feed in super sacks.
This is not a great picture I will try get a better one. This feeder holds 3k pounds.
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Re: Feeding cows hay vs feed

Post by greybeard » Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:34 am

The last time I was at Producer's in Bryan, they had some wooden bulk feeders for sale, but it's been a couple of years ago since I walked out back there.
Plenty of plans on line for them. What you build them out of will be determined by what you are feeding..salt as limiters will rust out a metal feeder pretty quickly, even galvanized if it isn't real good coating. It can also affect some wood, as the salt tends to dry out the boards, and of course, it rusts nails and screw fasteners if not double dipped. (don't ask how I found that out...)
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Re: Feeding cows hay vs feed

Post by Blb515 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:10 am

I have been considering just feeding bulk feed myself. Usually put out hay until mid March so it would be about a month of feed. I was also wandering how many pounds per cow for them to get by?

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Re: Feeding cows hay vs feed

Post by Caustic Burno » Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:53 am

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I have been considering just feeding bulk feed myself. Usually put out hay until mid March so it would be about a month of feed. I was also wandering how many pounds per cow for them to get by?
This can get tougher than Chinese arithmetic. BCS of the cows, stockpiled pasture, winter forage if any.
Get the protein to high and they will walk off pounds trying to put out the fire in their belly.
This literally gets down to do you know your shyt. I have found a 2-1-1 mixture at 14% to be best for me of corn CSM and salt as a limiter. For cleaning up stockpiled pasture 1-1-1 builds a fire in their belly.

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Re: Feeding cows hay vs feed

Post by TexasBred » Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:01 pm

Bfields30 wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:32 am
Have a few hay bales left debating buying more or just starting to buy feed I do feed usually 3 times a week cubes. A guy in my town has some bales and will deliver for free but there 80 a bale and doing the math feel like i would come out better feeding I’m in east Tx I have 8 total 3 bred getting ready to calf this month through March and have cow with calf on her side as well as 3 heifers few months from breeding age. As well as I’m looking into buying in bulk and trying to find a cheap feed bin to purchase as well. What do you guys think I’ll be getting more cows as spring rolls around as well. But all of my cows are in good condition I usually put a bale out a week but my main question is if I feed how much do I feed a week and how much per head?
Make it easy on everybody. Give those gals a roll of hay. They'd much rather have 25 lbs. of hay of any quality than 4-5 lbs. of cubes. Might not be the cheapest way to go but cows are in good condition now and should stay that way. Best wishes whatever you decide to do.
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Re: Feeding cows hay vs feed

Post by Bfields30 » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:01 am

Caustic Burno wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:24 am
Bfields30 wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:32 am
Have a few hay bales left debating buying more or just starting to buy feed I do feed usually 3 times a week cubes. A guy in my town has some bales and will deliver for free but there 80 a bale and doing the math feel like i would come out better feeding I’m in east Tx I have 8 total 3 bred getting ready to calf this month through March and have cow with calf on her side as well as 3 heifers few months from breeding age. As well as I’m looking into buying in bulk and trying to find a cheap feed bin to purchase as well. What do you guys think I’ll be getting more cows as spring rolls around as well. But all of my cows are in good condition I usually put a bale out a week but my main question is if I feed how much do I feed a week and how much per head?

You can build a bulk feeder pretty common around here.
Tyco in Woodville and Cypress Creek in Buna has bulk feed in super sacks.
This is not a great picture I will try get a better one. This feeder holds 3k pounds.
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Cb do you think I could get a 1000lb creep feeder and not use the gates on it so all of them could eat out of it. And if I do it should I feel it all the way up and how long will it last for them

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Re: Feeding cows hay vs feed

Post by Caustic Burno » Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:22 pm

I guess you could rig the creep feeder so they could get in. I have no clue how long that light weight creep feeder would hold up to grown cows.
My crystal ball see a turned over creep feeder when three or four big cows get to fighting to get in that small trough.
Consumption rate averages 5 to 7 pounds for my cows.
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Re: Feeding cows hay vs feed

Post by Caustic Burno » Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:55 am

I built this feeder in 2011 for about 200 bucks I imagine in today’s dollars a little north of 300.

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Re: Feeding cows hay vs feed

Post by Bfields30 » Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:30 pm

Caustic Burno wrote:
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I built this feeder in 2011 for about 200 bucks I imagine in today’s dollars a little north of 300.

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what were the dimensions are your feeder

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Re: Feeding cows hay vs feed

Post by Caustic Burno » Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:48 pm

8x4x4 it’s 66 inches from the bottom of the skids to the top of the roof.
Roof slides open.
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