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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Feeding Time...

Obviously these pictures (and video) were shot a while ago.  Currently, there is snow on the ground and it is pretty cold!  In fact, I think these were taken almost a year and a half ago. It's a bit of a tease seeing the corn in the field and the blue skies, but Spring will be here soon enough! I never got around to blogging them (surprise, surprise!).  So, in honor of my monthly Ag question and answer segment, I thought it seemed appropriate to finally blog them!

It's a common question nowadays. People often ask what we feed our cattle.  Once we tell them that we give them a balanced diet of haylage, dry hay, corn, corn silage and supplements they then want to know exactly how we feed them.

Everything goes in to the red silage mixer you see below.  Brad is using the skidloader to add the corn silage..
This is the silage, which Brad is putting in the mixer above.  We don't use silos anymore, but instead use these silage bags which keep the silage fresh.
A close-up shot of the silage.  Silage is made when the field corn is still green.  We use a chopper to harvest the corn and, unlike during corn harvest when only the corn is saved, the whole plant is used and it makes this sweet and juicy mixture that the cattle love!

Next, some dry hay is added...
Then the corn and supplements which are already pre-mixed.  It is coming out of the auger from a grain bin on the other side of the wall...
Now, since all these pictures were taken a year and a half ago, the haylage wasn't part of the diet at that time.  It has since been added, but obviously I don't have any pictures.

Everything that we feed our cattle is measured precisely.  They are fed based on their weight to create a balanced ration.  Just like measuring flour and sugar when you are baking cookies, we measure the hay, corn, etc for the calves.

Everything gets all mixed together.  Check out the video at the end of this post!

Some humor on the side of the mixer;)

Ready to eat...

Here are a couple videos to show the mixer in action.  Everything is mixed together extremely well, just like a mixer at home.  This ensures that the cattle eat everything that is added to aid in a healthy diet.

And that's it!  That's how we feed our cattle!


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