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504RP

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How are feed lots able to finish hundreds of head at a time the way they do ?

So far most that I have talked to will stress how important it is to start out with a small ration and slowly increase that ration.

I don't see what would keep some cattle getting their ration and then most of the calfs ration feeding next to them at the feed bunk the way cattle do when you feed them at your farm.

It looks like it would be easy for a stronger calf to get more than it was intended for it to get and get acidosis because of it ?

Some of you who finish 6 to 12 head at a time . Do you feed all of them at the same time ?

If so have you ever had a calf die feeding that way ?
 

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Assuming all of them are big enough to eat well and know what they're doing, it's mostly about making sure you have enough bunk space for the small ones to eat without being bullied. Slant bars help keep the big ones from dominating a disproportionate share of the bunk.

Edit to add: The really big feedlots are almost exclusively feeding TMR, so grain overload isn't really an issue if the ration is balanced well. They all get their fill of the same feed.
 
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Assuming all of them are big enough to eat well and know what they're doing, it's mostly about making sure you have enough bunk space for the small ones to eat without being bullied. Slant bars help keep the big ones from dominating a disproportionate share of the bunk.

Edit to add: The really big feedlots are almost exclusively feeding TMR, so grain overload isn't really an issue if the ration is balanced well. They all get their fill of the same feed.
TMR ? What is that ?
 

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