limit feeding, growing programs, corn silage, alfalfa hay
Limit-fed, high energy (57 Mcal per cwt dry matter) diets were compared to full - fed, Low energy (46 Mcal per cwt dry matter) corn silage and alfalfa hay diets. Feed conversions were 5.68 and 5.78 lb of dry matter per lb of gain for the limit-fed silage and alfalfa diets vs 6.86 and 7.45 lb of dry matter per lb o f gain for the full - fed silage and alfalfa hay diets, respectively. Break-even roughage prices were calculated from feed efficiency and ration cost information. If corn is valued to the bunk at 31.50 per bushel and soybean meal is worth $200 per ton, limit feeding is more economical than full feeding if corn silage and alfalfa hay cost more than 816.73 and $47.70 per ton to the bunk.
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Wagner, J.J. and Mader, T.L., "Limit-Fed, High Energy Diets for Growing Cattle" (1987). South Dakota Beef Report, 1987. 5.