Animal Husbandry Department
1. Stacking green bundle corn is one of the poorest ways of preserving the corn plant for feed in the winter time.
2. Unless a feed is highly palatable cattle will not do well, and will not even retain their original weight and condition when forced to subsist on a feed of this kind.
3. The results of this and other experiments at this station show that the value of corn fodder and corn silage as a feed during a preliminary feeding period depends on the condition of the corn plant, as to maturity, when cut for fodder or when put into the silo.
4. It is evident that when an animal is given a mere maintenance ration that the time is lost as far as fattening him in a shorter time than usual is concerned. While larger gains per head daily are shown, the finish of the animal is not as complete as though he had been gaining for a longer period. He utilizes his feed to better advantage in that he produces more gain for a bushel of corn fed than steers not kept under these conditions. He produces growth while on the poor ration but this additional growth is not an advantage when marketed.
5. As reported in a former bulletin of this station, steers made larger gains on a corn silage plus alfalfa ration than on a corn silage ration alone. These steers were in better condition at the end of the preliminary feeding period than steers in any other lot. When put on the full grain ration, during the fattening period, the gains were not the largest but were average and the superior quality of the cattle was noticeable.
staked green corn, feeding green corn, corn fodder, corn silage
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts
Wilson, J.W., "Staked Green Corn for Cattle" (1928). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 229.