Feed Management

Cattle | Feed Management

Good bunk or self-feeder management means providing cattle with fresh, nutritionally balanced, palatable feed and keeping it available to them at all times. Cattle establish consumption patterns early in the feeding pens — usually within the first two weeks. The dry matter intake of feedlot cattle can be a key to animal performance and profitability. Each pound of ration you add, over and above that needed for maintenance, increases gain by approximately .25 pounds/head/day

Principles of Bunk Management

  1. Keep fresh feed constantly available to cattle.
  2. Feed cattle two to three times a day.
  3. Don’t let cattle stand without feed longer than 30 minutes to an hour. They will charge the bunk, loading up on the ration to the extent that acidosis and bloat can become a serious problem.
  4. It’s ok to let cattle clean up bunks at least once a day — but make sure they are not out of feed to the extent that they turn restless or engorge at the next feeding.
  5. Clean bunks at least once a week to remove old, stale feed. It’s preferable to clean them three or four times a week.
  6. Mix rations properly because improper mixing can mean:
    • A protein content that varies from 2-3%
    • Poor delivery of feed additives
  7. Remember the mixing order:
    For finishing rations: Grain ® Supplement ® Roughage
    For growing rations: Roughage ® Grain ® Supplement

Principles of Self-Feeder Management


 

  1. Mix rations properly.
  2. Adjust gates to maintain a two-finger width.
  3. Use pellet concentrates with corn.
  4. Inspect the feeder every day for:
    • proper feeding of ration through the gate
    • signs of stale feed
    • physical separation of ration mix
  5. Clean feeders regularly to avoid a build-up of fines in the bottom of the self-feeder which cattle usually reject until they become quite hungry. If forced to consume these fines, bloat and acidosis will occur. Remember this rule of thumb: A 5% reduction in feed intake reduces gains by 10%
Johnson's Milling & Feed Inc. carries an array of animal health supplies for your veterinary needs, daily requirements, and emergency supplies, including supplements and formula. Please call us or stop in to learn more about our complete selection of animal health supplies.

LIVESTOCK HEALTH PRODUCTS

The following is a partial list of the products we have available for cattle, equine, goat, poultry, sheep, and swine:

Wormers

  • Paste
  • Injectable
  • Feeding Block
  • Boluses
  • Pour On
  • Pellet Feed Additive

Insecticides

  • Sprays
  • Roll On
  • Super Mask II
  • Dust
  • Feeding Blocks
  • Ear Tags

Supplements

  • Hoof Management
  • Nutritional Vitamins
  • Pain Management
  • Weight Builder

Antibiotics & Injectable Medications

  • Penicillin
  • Tylan
  • Liquamycin
  • Vitamin B Complex

Wound Care

  • Cut-Heal
  • NFZ Salve & Powder
  • Matrix Wound Care Products
  • Tri-Care


Livestock Vaccinations and More!

If you are not sure which product will suit your needs, just ask one of us. We will be glad to assist you.