Quality of Feed

The following example illustrates the effect of lower feed quality on hay consumption and rate of gain for heifers. A total of 24 pounds of forage was available to a group of heifers but consumption was limited (20.9 or 18.9 pounds) due to inefficient digestion. Notice the rate of gain for each group.

Heifer Forage Intake
20.9 lbs
1.2 lbs gain
18.9 lbs
13% Protein 8%
Feeding quality forage could reduce your feed bill by reducing the amount of hay needed. The following chart reflects the savings incurred by feeding higher quality forage.

Cow Forage Intake
Gain = .75 lbs/day
17.5 lbs
18.3 lbs
13% Protein 8%
Cost Savings: 120 lbs. Of Hay for 4 months at $75/ton = $4.50 savings per head.

Protein Levels On Cow Productivity
Protein Level Low High
Pre-Calving % 3.1 11.9
Post-Calving % 7.8 13.2
Weight loss Pre-calf -121 -8
Milk Pro lb/day 10.9 14.
WW (163 days) 308 341
Cows showing estrus 51 87
Cows Pregnant 53 87