Cow Feed Price and the Way Cattle Are Fed

cow feed price

Several factors influence the cow feed price and the way cattle are fed. For instance, the government of Kerala has taken various measures to make the cattle feed available at a reasonable price to dairy farmers.

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Mixing corn residue and distillers’ grains

Adding distillers’ grains to corn-based diets has been studied by researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Researchers have found that feeding a blend of corn stover and distillers’ grains has been effective in replacing a portion of the corn in diets. Adding distillers’ grains to corn-based rations can have several benefits, including improved feed conversion and palatability.

Distillers’ grains are a source of protein. They can be fed to livestock in wet or dry form. When mixed with corn-based rations, they can contribute to the total protein content in the diet. They can be added in a 10% to 20% ratio, depending on the quality of the corn used in the feed.

Distillers’ grains can be treated with calcium oxide to improve their digestibility. The resulting rations were less acidic and were more palatable. Calcium oxide is a naturally occurring product that is harmless to humans and animals.

Limit-feeding

Using a nontraditional approach to feeding, called limit feeding, can help to save on feed costs. The basic principle involves providing a concentrate energy source in just enough quantity to keep the animal fed, while still ensuring that it is able to maintain a healthy digestive tract.

Limit feeding is especially useful when grain prices are high. Limit feeding beef cows can help to extend the growth curve of the animal, increase feed efficiency, and reduce maintenance costs.

To successfully limit feed, a high level of management skill is necessary. Limit feeding programs involve supplying the animal with just enough grain byproducts to meet its nutrient requirements. However, supplying the animal with too much forage can result in founder and bloat.

Cows may appear hungry on a limit-fed diet, but a properly managed program can keep them nourished without causing digestive upsets. Limit-feeding cattle can also reduce the cost of gain for growing calves. The cost of gain is the cost a producer pays to grow one pound of live animal weight.

Soybean meal prices are lower than last year

Several major Chinese hog farmers have vowed to reduce the amount of soybean meal they use in their feed. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MOA) also vowed to reduce the soybean meal used in feed. The move is aimed at enhancing China’s food security and promoting high quality development of the feed industry.

According to the USDA, domestic soybean demand for the upcoming marketing year is expected to be record high. The USDA also projects that domestic soybean production will also increase. The USDA projects that the stocks-to-use ratio will be 6.8% in 2022/23, which is lower than the 10-year average of 8.2%.

The prices for corn and soybean meal have both increased in recent months, leading to higher feed costs. The USDA also projects that global meal demand will increase 3.2% in 2021-21.

Kerala government has initiated measures to make abundant quantities of cattle feed accessible to dairy farmers

Considering the floods of the past few months, the Kerala Government has taken measures to make abundant quantities of cattle feed available to dairy farmers. Aside from freeing up some of that hard earned cash, the state is on the verge of becoming a self sustaining milk producing state. In fact, the state has been touted as one of the milk producing states of the country. With milk production being the apex of agricultural activity, the state government has taken a number of steps to reduce the input costs for dairy farmers. The government is also looking into ways to encourage farmers to adopt grass cultivation practices.

The state government has also launched the most ambitious cattle feed distribution program in Kerala to date. The state has set aside Rs 1 crore for relief packages for flood victims, including dairy farmers.