Nederlands | English | Deutsch | Türkçe

Project Sports

Questions and answers about sports

Is teff grass good for cattle?

6 min read

Asked by: Amy Peterson

Teff grass originates from Ethiopia. It is a warm-season annual grass that can be used for hay, silage, or pasture. It is fast growing, high yielding, and a forage of excellent quality. It can be fed to horses, sheep, dairy and beef cattle.

What is the best grass to grow for cattle?

Some popular grasses to feed cows include Bermudagrass, which is often chosen for its hardiness, Rye Grass, which is energy dense but requires good soil to grow, and Fescue, which is a good option for high altitudes or pastures with poor quality soil.

Is teff good for grazing?

Teff is a warm season annual grass that is gaining popularity for hay production and cattle grazing.

What is the best pasture grass for beef cattle?

Alfalfa– It is probably the best high quality feed for livestock and as a cash crop but it requires deep, well drained soils and high fertility for high yields. While it can be used for grazing, it is best adapted for hay or silage.

What is the fastest growing grass for livestock?

Teff grass

Teff grass is a summer annual forage for livestock and commercial hay producers who often need a fast-growing, high-yielding crop with competitive forage quality. Teff has a wide range of adaptation and is being used all across the U.S. as hay, silage or pasture for dairy, beef, sheep or horses.

Does teff grass come back every year?

In recent years researchers in the U.S. have discovered that Teff Grass makes a good one year hay crop. It’s rapid re-growth after cutting can provide two to three harvests in a summer even though it is commonly not planted until June.

How fast does teff grass grow?

Fast Growth – Under optimal growing temper- atures and moisture, Teff germinates quickly and is ready for early boot stage harvest in 45 to 55 days after seeding.

What grass can cows not eat?

Sorghum, Sudans, Millets and Corn.

Four main categories of sorghum and millets are grain sorghum, forage sorghum, sudangrass and sorghum-sudan-grass hybrids. These all put grazing cattle at risk for prussic acid HCN poisoning.

What is the best hay to feed beef cattle?

Most experts recommend mixing alfalfa with grass hay, rather than relying exclusively on alfalfa hay. Alfalfa hay is often recommended for dairy cattle, but may not be a good fit for beef cattle, since it can lead to bloat. Legume hay is another nutritious option for cattle, since it’s high in protein.

What are most cattle fed?

All cattle are grass fed, but some cattle are fed a diet that includes corn for part of their lives. Grain-fed or “corn-fed” beef is the most widely produced type of beef in the United States. It is a product prized around the world for its highly-marbled cuts that are especially tender and juicy.

Do cows prefer grass or hay?

The simple answer is hay. Most people are familiar the a cows diet in the summer, acres and acres of lush green grass. But what is hay? Hay is the staple forage in most cattle operations.

Can cattle eat only grass?

While some cows can sustain many of their needs on grass alone, they are usually the non-lactating cows (i.e., cows that aren’t producing milk). A lactating dairy cow has a high metabolism, and is very similar to a marathon runner or high performance athlete.

What do they feed cows to fatten them up?

What is the best feed for fattening cattle? Barley is the best grain for lot feeding cattle, but wheat, triticale, sorghum, maize, and oats can be used. Oats is not an ideal grain on its own for cattle fattening but can be used with any of the other grains. Hay or silage could be used as the roughage source.

What is the best way to fatten cattle?

Fattening cattle should be fed a mineral supplement. If a high concentrate (grain) ration is fed, a mineral supplement consisting of two parts dicalcium phosphate, two parts limestone, and six parts trace mineralized salt should be fed free choice.

Is molasses good for cattle?

Molasses can be a cost effective energy source but is low in protein. Research and grazier experience has shown that molasses fed in open troughs with added protein can be used successfully for drought feeding of cattle. Molasses lends itself to bulk handling methods suitable for drought feeding large numbers of stock.

What is the best weight to slaughter a steer?

Buy Standard to Good feeder grade steers weigh- ing 600 pounds and full feed a finishing ration until they yield a slaughter grade of Good. This may be 800-900 pounds, depending on gain rate and feed conversion.

Is cracked corn or whole corn better for cattle?

Processing Corn

Even though corn can be fed whole with satisfactory results, cracking or rolling prior to feeding will increase digestibility by 5 to 10 percent. In most instances, grinding or rolling corn will not markedly improve average daily gain, but proper processing will improve feed conversion efficiency.

At what age should you butcher a steer?

Age at slaughter “typically” can be from 12 to 22 months of age for the high quality grade market. The reason for the range in age is that some calves are weaned and go directly to a feeding facility and are finished for slaughter.

How old is a 500 pound calf?

During this time their primary source of food is milk from their dam, and the grass or roughage (hay) that is available. At 6-9 months of age the calves are weaned off their dams and placed in a field or pen with other calves of a similar age and weight. Most calves will weigh 500-700 lbs at weaning.

What weight is best for selling calves?

Cattle are moved at between 750-850 lbs. “About 775 is probably our average weight,” Womack says. “This is the type of cattle feedyards want.” He says they ultimately market cattle based on a general rule — “what price can we make money on — and stay in business for.

What is the best age to sell a calf?

Separating cows and calves at between 6-8 months old is common. However, Banta recommends calves should be weaned earlier if the cow is below a body condition score of four. The weaning program should last 45 days before calves are moved and sold, Banta said.

How do I fatten up my calves?
What product do I believe in as far as to promote growth and not let cattle get too fat and to me that's an easy answer. The fitters edge that's. That's a universal feed.

How much grain should a calf eat per day?

Calves will need 4 to 5 pounds of a grain-protein mixture per head daily to average 1.2 pounds daily on winter fescue pastures (Table 3). Forage sorghum, small grain and grass legume silages work well for wintering calves but are lower in energy than corn silage.

What does beet pulp do for cows?

A combination of beet pulp and crop residues can be an economical substitute for hay, silage, or pasture in beef cow diets. Beet pulp contains highly digestible fiber making it a nice complement to poor quality residues or forages. It can be used as a component of a supplement or as an ingredient of a complete diet.