I went to Fleet Farm to buy a ton of 28% protein tubs. They were short so I took two 20% tubs. I winter graze and the manure indicated a little more protein may be needed. The cows went for the 20% tubs and they are gone but the 28% tubs are hardly touched. Visibly they look the same and the tag shows only difference is that the 28% tubs have "plant Protein products". Any idea?
This sounds asinine, but I was told by a guy that used to run one of ADM's tub plants that if they are consuming too much of pressed tubs (the ones that look like grain not molasses) you need to put more out because they soften via saliva. So more tubs=more surface area/tounge and they won't be able to eat as much. The other thing he said was some companies will change their formula every day to make the cheapest tub they can. Which can also cause crazy things when trying to control consumption.
My guess is one tub was softer than the other (because of formula/brand difference) & the cows figured that out & had a feast. If you want them to consume less go with the harder tub & add another one if you are still over consuming.