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Strangest Cattle Feed/Supplement?

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:37 pm
by Mike
Guy down the road is feeding Candy Canes that were broken inside the little cellophane packages. Cattle eat cellophane and all. The candy factory ships him a 20 yard load every week.

Waffles. Had a neighbor that fed them but it was a pain to get them out of the packages. Lots of them feed loaf bread that is out of date.

Cotton screenings. Whole peanuts that have some kind of fungus are great for cattle, but not for people.

Seeing more people use by-products for cattle feed more than ever.

Re: Strangest Cattle Feed/Supplement?

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:07 pm
by Faster horses
Candy bars are used too.
Not sure if the cellophane is good for cattle.... :roll:

Re: Strangest Cattle Feed/Supplement?

Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:58 am
by PPRM
Baghouse screenings from powdered milk factory. Come to me in one ton totes. I am still not certain of the best way to feed. They are really fines and I was mixing with wet frozen vegetable feeds. But, wow! The energy analysis was really high.

I have put out free choice loose and it takes a bit for the cattle to take to it. It is super dry so that limits what they eat. But, exposed to wind rain, etc is the drawback.

Re: Strangest Cattle Feed/Supplement?

Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:39 pm
by Big Muddy rancher
A place in Ontario used to feed cannery waste,Cattle were very loose and stunk of onions. Poor truckers.

Re: Strangest Cattle Feed/Supplement?

Posted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:48 pm
by PPRM
Big Muddy rancher wrote:A place in Ontario used to feed cannery waste,Cattle were very loose and stunk of onions. Poor truckers.



Onions will give cattle ulcers. Not sheep though.

Cannary/Food Processing waste is a pretty big part of feeding in the Columbia Basin.

Re: Strangest Cattle Feed/Supplement?

Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 1:18 pm
by PureCountry
I know a friend of ours has been getting waste pasta from a place he works at. They give a little to the cows with their straw/hay ration. I've fed waste bread before when our cousins owned a grocery store. Got 200 pounds per week, 100 of bread and 100 of spoiled veggie/fruits. Cows picked out apples and pears and bread. Pigs cleaned up everything else.

Re: Strangest Cattle Feed/Supplement?

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:19 pm
by Spanish Johhny
Potatoes, apple pommace, pasta, bread, potatoes, carrots, banana peels, potatoes, beer, big potatoes, bakery waste, rejected brown sugar, small potatoes, soy flour, wet brewers grains, really wet brewers grains, rotten potatoes, bread dough, bird seed, lasagna, doughnuts, and potatoes.
And occasionally a load of potatoes.

Re: Strangest Cattle Feed/Supplement?

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:37 pm
by greybeard
Pea hulls ,cracked Alfalfa seed, clover hulls,all kinds of grass seed residue.
Best ever was peeled Canary seed. Birds won't eat any with hull peeled off.

Re: Strangest Cattle Feed/Supplement?

Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:49 am
by Big Muddy rancher
greybeard wrote:Pea hulls ,cracked Alfalfa seed, clover hulls,all kinds of grass seed residue.
Best ever was peeled Canary seed. Birds won't eat any with hull peeled off.


Kind of a tedious job peeling that canary seed. :wink: :lol: