Objective: To determine the growing calf response when fed Enogen Feed corn silage containing an alpha amylase expression trait.
Study Description: Crossbred steers of Tennessee origin (n = 352) were used to determine the effects on performance when fed Enogen Feed corn silage with either Enogen Feed corn or control corn at ad libitum intake. Continue reading “Syngenta Enogen Feed Corn Silage Containing an Alpha Amylase Expression Trait Improves Feed Efficiency in Growing Calf Diets”
By Mike Brouk, ruminant nutritionist
Silage is often the base forage for the diets of growing cattle and the cow herd. This past year, due to the drought, thousands of acres of drought-stricken corn and sorghum were harvested as silage. A hidden cost of silage is associated with the shrink due to fermentation, storage, and feedout. Total shrink from harvest through feeding can result in the loss of 5 to 40% of the dry matter harvested. This is generally a hidden cost on most operations due to the lack of accurate records to measure shrink. However, a few basic principles can help reduce losses. Continue reading “Counting the Cost of Silage Losses in your Operation”
by Jaymelynn Farney, beef systems specialist, Parsons, KS
Throughout Kansas, there are areas of extreme drought and even in areas that show adequate moisture on the drought monitor, rain has been very “spotty” so some corn is beginning to look tough. Luckily, cattle are one potential option to salvage some value if the corn crop does not look like it will yield. Continue reading “Considerations for use of drought-stressed corn for cattle”