Corn silage in back­ground­ing di­ets

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These re­sults are an im­por­tant re­minder of a few ba­sic prin­ci­ples for both cow-calf and back­ground­ing op­er­a­tions. Grow­ing con­di­tions af­fect silage qual­ity, es­pe­cially for corn. On av­er­age, corn pro­duces higher en­ergy silage than bar­ley. But very few years are av­er­age, and long-term av­er­ages can pro­vide a false sense of se­cu­rity. In fact, ac­tual CHUs in Leth­bridge have only been “av­er­age” in one out of the past eight years, so test your feed! Un­ex­pect­edly high-qual­ity feed con­tain­ing more nu­tri­ents than your class of cat­tle re­quire can be stretched far­ther by di­lut­ing it with lower qual­ity feed. On the other hand, a dis­ap­point­ingly poor feed test re­sult can tell you what nu­tri­ents need to be sup­ple­mented. There are de­ci­sion mak­ing tools on http://www.beefre­search.ca to help you do this.

The Beef Re­search Clus­ter is funded by the Cana­dian Beef Cat­tle Check-Off and Agri­cul­ture and Agri-Food Canada with ad­di­tional con­tri­bu­tions from pro­vin­cial beef in­dus­try groups and gov­ern­ments to ad­vance re­search and tech­nol­ogy trans­fer sup­port­ing the Cana­dian beef in­dus­try’s vi­sion to be rec­og­nized as a pre­ferred sup­plier of healthy, high qual­ity beef, cat­tle and ge­net­ics.

(This­ar­ti­clewrit­tenby Dr.ReynoldBer­gen,BCRC ScienceDir­ec­tor,orig­i­nally ap­pearedinth­eJune2019 is­sueof Cana­di­anCat­tle­men­magazine­an­dis­reprinted on­theBCRCBlo­g with­per­mis­sionof thep­ub­lisher.)

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