Hay Versus Ground Feed For Beef Cattle
If you want to produce good
beef and generate a generous profit, usually good legume hay will do the trick. It is estimated
that a rancher will use a half ton or more of hay to fatten up the cattle. You want to get the best types of hay
there is to offer. This type is one that will not only fatten your cows, but also it will fatten your wallet
too. A fatter cow equals a fatter profit.
Alfalfa is the most expensive yet the most requested of all types of hay. Alfalfa
tops the charts on desirable hay. Although alfalfa can be expensive, it is well worth the investment when your
cows gain more weight. Some other benefits of purchasing alfalfa hay are: Alfalfa produces more digestible
proteins than clover mixture hays and corn together and it is rich in minerals and vitamins. It is wise to mix
in some timothy clover and other grasses with the alfalfa when your intent is to feed your cattle. The reason
for adding the grasses to the hay is to cut down on the risk of serious bloating in your cows.
Red clover, Alsike clover, Ladino and Timothy clover, are all examples of other grasses that
can be used to match the effectiveness of alfalfa. Also, sweet clover, Lespedeza, and soybeans will
work just fine for your cattle feeding needs. Some fescues and rye grasses have also been
used as hay feed for cattle. But mostly these days, alfalfa and other grass mixes are the
most desirable for both cows and ranchers.
When it comes to ground feed, nothing can compete with corn for the number one
spot. Corn is an excellent fattening agent. Many ranchers rely solely on ground
feeding for their cattle. And of course the cattle, if they could, would testify to the fact
that corn is the best when it comes to a fattening ground feed. But remember that your cows
need supplements and other nutrients added to your feed. That is why it is best to have a
formula in mind. A formula consists of the main ingredient, mainly corn, a supplement, some
other type of additive, and salt.
is important to add salt because salt is needed to help the cow maintain their health. Try not to
omit salt from your cow’s diet or pretty soon you’ll end up with some sick cows on your
hands. That’s why most ranchers have a salt block (salt lick) near and available for the cows
when they need it.
You can help your cattle avoid developing grass tetany, a metabolic disease that causes the
magnesium levels in the animal’s blood serum to drop, by supplying them with a supplement block that has high
levels of magnesium in it. This way, as they do with the salt block, they will maintain their
levels of magnesium throughout the day. They will not have to suffer if those levels are kept
balanced. When choosing which type of food to nourish your cattle, your desire and your goal
is simple—fatten your cows and produce better profits.
Introduction To Small Beef