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Ok I'll put up something about cattle

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:27 pm
by jedstivers
And not just useless jibber.
I know most of y'all are cow calf and I have a little herd of mamas but what I like most is calves.
I buy 5wts and take them to 8/9wts and send to Oklahoma City.
I feed corn and ddg.
I start buying in October and buy till Christmas, this year I bought in April the day after I sold out of the winter calves. Ran them till last week and shipped.
I won't start buying back till after harvest is over or almost over.
I've always been told calves won't gain here in the summer but that is proved wrong now, I'll keep doing summer calves and want to get to where I'm buying year round and shipping a load a month.

Re: Ok I'll put up something about cattle

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:41 pm
by m5farm
Have you tested your feed mix?

Re: Ok I'll put up something about cattle

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:43 pm
by jedstivers
m5farm wrote:Have you tested your feed mix?

Yes, I have rations built. Test hay too but it's all free choice anyway.

Re: Ok I'll put up something about cattle

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:19 pm
by Big Muddy rancher
Seems like you are getting system figured out, If you got the feed you might as well add value to it.

Re: Ok I'll put up something about cattle

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:59 pm
by jedstivers
Big Muddy rancher wrote:Seems like you are getting system figured out, If you got the feed you might as well add value to it.

I grow the corn but have to buy the ddg. Last winter it cost .47 to put a pound on.

Re: Ok I'll put up something about cattle

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:32 pm
by Big Muddy rancher
jedstivers wrote:
Big Muddy rancher wrote:Seems like you are getting system figured out, If you got the feed you might as well add value to it.

I grow the corn but have to buy the ddg. Last winter it cost .47 to put a pound on.


I don't think anybody could do it any cheaper, if they say they can it's probably not true :D

Re: Ok I'll put up something about cattle

Posted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:27 am
by m5farm
Jed, if you don't mind some time maybe post the nutrition facts on the mix. I can't get ddg cheaply but have access to other feed stuffs

Re: Ok I'll put up something about cattle

Posted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:45 am
by redrobin
Some day I'm going to come see you jed

Re: Ok I'll put up something about cattle

Posted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:42 am
by jedstivers
I'll try and dig out last years stuff and see if I can copy and past it.
I was pricing my corn at 4.12 cause I was getting paid that for it and the first ddg I bought was 163/ton but I changed to a off grade that was a lot cheaper.
Also was feeding mineral and ctc in it too.

Re: Ok I'll put up something about cattle

Posted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:14 pm
by Texan
Jed, do you just feed that to get them through the winter, or do you keep supplementing after grass gets here? I like to rough a 5 wt through the winter and sell a big summer yearling, but I taper them off feed just as soon as grass gets here in March or April. Wondering how you do yours, because I'm always up for learning something.

I expect my environment is similar to yours. I can get some good gains on grass through June, but they really need to be gone by the middle of July or else they get stale. I keep them longer sometimes, but they don't do much from the middle of July through August except stand around in ponds and lay in the shade. When I do keep them past the middle of July, I frequently have to start caking them again just to keep them going until it cools off and we start getting rain again.

Re: Ok I'll put up something about cattle

Posted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:37 pm
by jedstivers
I feed that every day the whole time they are here.
Well actually I start them on a pellet feed to get them going but after that they are on full feed.
It varies by weight class is all.
I run more per acre than can graze. Use pasture as more of a parking lot than a pasture and don't have the effects of having them in a feedlot.
The 50 I ran this summer did however keep plenty of grass in front of them but had I not been feeding they would have been to dirt in no time. I sold a week ago.

Re: Ok I'll put up something about cattle

Posted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:34 pm
by Texan
I'm a little different in that I don't like to spend any more money on mine than I have to. Your deal sure seems to work for you, though, so I'm probably leaving some money on the table by being a cheapskate. If that 47 cent COG is all the way through from in/out, you can't beat that. I don't blame you for wanting to try them year around.