A.S. Series 76-14
Hay fed to appetite along with 5 to 6 lb. of grain is a common ration for growing calves for herd replacements or later feedlot finishing. Feeding could be simplified and costs reduced by feeding grain in the whole form. Studies with corn have often shown some improvement in weight gain and feed efficiency from processing the grain for cattle where the roughage level exceeds about 20% of the dry ration. Sorghum grain, wheat and barley appear to benefit more from processing than does corn grain.
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Department of Animal Science, Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Embry, L. B. and Overbay, D. E., "Processing of Oats in Limited Grain Rations for Wintering Calves" (1976). South Dakota Cattle Feeders Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1976. 4.