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Col Reb

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I’ve never used dried distillers grain before. With range meal & cubes in the $360-$400 range per ton by the sack, I’ve acquired a feeder to leave out free range for cows, bulls, & calves regulating intake by letting them in to feed free range for a couple of days then taking them off for a few days until they get regulated to it. I was thinking doing 40%salt, 50%DDG, 10% corn. I was wondering if there is a benefit to adding corn to the mix since the DDG is from corn, anyway. A little feedback would be appreciated from any that have made a range meal with DDG.
 

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No takers, eh?

We only ever limit-fed DDG, to supplement hay...never a free-choice mix.
Yes DDG is from corn, but for all intents & purposes, all the carbohydrates have been removed during the fermentation process as starches were converted to alcohol... it's primarily a protein supplement, not an energy source... .

Without knowing what else your cattle have access to - pasture, hay, etc., and what condition(BCS) they're in, and stage of pregnancy/lactation/growth the cattle are in, it's virtually impossible for anyone here determine what their nutritional needs are, or how much DDG or corn(if needed to meet energy needs) you'd need to be providing.
 

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I’ve never used dried distillers grain. I was thinking doing 40%salt, 50%DDG, 10% corn.
A little feedback would be appreciated from any that have made a range meal with DDG.
I'm excluded as have never made.... but imho....
i don't see that 40-50-10 would hurt any, as it would certainly limit intake.
 
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Salt limiting was a thing in the past. I looked at it once because I was working out, but decided not to go there.

Bulk high protein supplement containing DDG was $300 to $330 per ton last fall. Hard to justify this with current calf prices. We should test forages, and then look at what we can afford to feed.

I weaned my heifer calves yesterday and had a good look at everybody. I have two cows that are a bit thin, so I put them on the cull list. One was a great cow but is now old... The other is on the narrow side and a hard keeper. They need supplement but the other 97% do not.

I am working towards a herd that will thrive on the forage I can grow inexpensively. This can be a very fast process if you have a trailer.
 
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It’s to supplement hay. Have a mix of good hay & not so good hay. Feeding the not so good hay first. This is just as a supplement
No takers, eh?

We only ever limit-fed DDG, to supplement hay...never a free-choice mix.
Yes DDG is from corn, but for all intents & purposes, all the carbohydrates have been removed during the fermentation process as starches were converted to alcohol... it's primarily a protein supplement, not an energy source... .
 

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DDG was 200-225 this fall here. It actually dropped to like 180 or so this summer.

The right way to do it would be to figure out how much energy and how much protein they need. Supplement the extra that they're not getting from feed. Use DDG to supplement protein and corn to supplement energy. DDG provides good energy too, but corn will be cheaper.

40% salt sounds like a lot that should limit intake, but I don't know if I would trust it with DDG. If they happened to go to town on the feed, you would have big problems. DDG is high in sulfur. If they're overall diet is over 0.40% sulfur (I think), they will have neurological problems.
 

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