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DiamondY42

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For a 1100 lb., 6.5 mo. preg. cow, living in NW North Dakota...
How many Lbs. of hay would you feed her per day?
Is it 1100 lbs. X 2% of her body weight just for maintanence?
Course I realize she'd need a bit more in Colder weather.
Just wanting a good ball park estimate.

Thanx in advance for the advice!!! :D
 

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it depends on the quality of the hay.
is it #1 alfalfa or prairie grass hay ?
are you feeding any grain ?
does she have shelter available ?
it's more about getting the proper nutrition and not so much as to how many pounds of hay,
but yes ballpark figure 2-3 % of her weight per day depending weather and quality of hay and less if your
feeding alfalfa or feeding supplement.
but mostly watch her body condition.
 

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If your hay is poor to medium quality give her all she wants now until the calf is weaned. Cold climate out there and she is in her 3rd trimester.
 

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DiamondY42":1ls2qn6o said:
For a 1100 lb., 6.5 mo. preg. cow, living in NW North Dakota...
How many Lbs. of hay would you feed her per day?
Is it 1100 lbs. X 2% of her body weight just for maintanence?
Course I realize she'd need a bit more in Colder weather.
Just wanting a good ball park estimate.

Thanx in advance for the advice!!! :D
You should be feeding a preg cow at least 17-20lbs of "high quality" hay each day. no less.
 

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cross_7":281u7zqh said:
Grain and protein mixes are actually never "hay replacers"....only supplements IF needed

http://www.uaex.edu/other_areas/publica ... a-3036.pdf
cross...not argueing against supplementation. I supplement every winter. Just stating that grain does not replace hay regardless of what articles you post. You can balance a ration using both which might be more cost effective and a better feed, but grain is grain and hay is hay.
 

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cross...not argueing against supplementation. I supplement every winter. Just stating that grain does not replace hay regardless of what articles you post. You can balance a ration using both which might be more cost effective and a better feed, but grain is grain and hay is hay.

i agree, but i was surprised at how little hay could be fed and replaced with such a large amount of grain.
seems like you would have digestive problems ?
 

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cross_7":20y2dg8x said:
cross...not argueing against supplementation. I supplement every winter. Just stating that grain does not replace hay regardless of what articles you post. You can balance a ration using both which might be more cost effective and a better feed, but grain is grain and hay is hay.

i agree, but i was surprised at how little hay could be fed and replaced with such a large amount of grain.
seems like you would have digestive problems ?

Cross....grain "can" be fed at high rates but should it be??? A lot of factors come into play when trying to decide "should I supplement and IF so, how much and what is the composition of the supplement??". And yes, there are a number of problems associated with overfeeding grain and the study touched on these as well. Build your feeding program around your roughage source making sure a minimum of 40% of the cow's diet is hay, silage, grazing or all of these and supplement as neccessary to maintain a "balanced ration".
 

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