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Old 07-23-2009, 08:16 PM   #1
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Default how much does a cow eat in a year

How much hay would a guy have to raise each year per cow to feed on. Odd question just tryin to know how much for future purposes..
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Old 07-23-2009, 08:24 PM   #2
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till she's full. scott
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Old 07-23-2009, 08:45 PM   #3
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Its based on their weight if you are feeding per cow. Like a horse eats like 2% or something like that it comes out to be like 20lbs I think. I dont remember right off hand. But if you where goin to feed like a bunch I would put out a round bale and replace it when it was gone.JMO
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Old 07-23-2009, 09:06 PM   #4
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an average cow requires between 20 and 30 pounds of ruffage per day for maintenance
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Old 07-23-2009, 10:21 PM   #5
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3% of body weight, 2feathers is close. Also depends what she is eating. HS
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:34 AM   #6
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As it depends on the quality of the feed- a lot of guys put a $ amount on it (example- I pay more for alfalfa and grain than I do brome or prairie hay). Last yeat I tried to feed some bailed sorgum and some cut milo stalks- I paid much less per bale. In the end, it cost me about the same cause they wouldn't eat everything I bough (lots of waste).
I figure a dollar / cow / day with vet supplies. The years I'm cheaper than that I know I made a good deal somewhere...
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:18 AM   #7
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i try to feed 3 cows per bale (2 string @ 80-100lbs) per day or 5 heifers per bale/day. and then i try like a SOB to get as much pasture as possible
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Old 07-24-2009, 12:44 PM   #8
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Are you talking about feeding hay all year or during winter? If winter, it depends on your winter forage but.....With minmal winter forage we average 3-4 bales per head of mature cattle. These are large roung bales 5X5 or 5X6. Might not feed that much but you never know what winter will do. If your talking all year, I would say try very hard to find some pasture cause your going to go broke.
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Old 07-24-2009, 12:52 PM   #9
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She'll eat no more than u feed her.

To maintain if there's no grazing give her 2.5 % of her body weight. But if she's in poor shape to begin with i'd give her more to start with. And that's on alfalfa hay. If i were feeding something of lower quality the will need more or some other feed to supplement.
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Old 07-24-2009, 01:02 PM   #10
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Cool Well..

I'm an old cow..so I don't eat allot..but I am picky!
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