I found some organic non GMO feed corn. It is whole corn. I have never feed whole corn. I thought that it was not as digestible but quick search suggest that may not be the case. I don't really feed any corn but I have a calf that had pneumonia when younger and now has scared lungs he needs a little extra to get through winter. Has any one fed whole corn? how does it compare to cracked?
Post by Rhein-O-Ranch on Jan 6, 2011 23:14:14 GMT -5
We fed out a steer on cracked corn and his poop had lots of corn leftovers in it. We now feed steam rolled(sometimes called flaked corn) and there is practically no remains coming out the other end. So to me it says that they digest the flaked corn a lot better. We also feed what amounts to the corn meal that you buy for cornbread. All I know is that the second time we fed steers out we changed to the newer feed and let the steers eat all that they wanted and in 100 days they gained 400lbs each. And never showed any signs of scouring(which I am told was due to having cotton seed hulls in the mix. They scour the rumen out and keep it at peak efficiency). The first steer that we fed out if you gave him 2lbs too much at a feeding he would scour out in an hour and be off feed for at least 2 days.
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We are now selling fresh whole milk and mozzarella and Velveeta style cheeses along with fresh eggs.
Whole corn and cracked corn react differently in the rumen. Cracked corn falls to the bottom and is passed out of the rumen quickly. Whole corn swells and, if the animal is getting enough forage/fiber, is brought back up for cudding. The few kernals that don't get chewed give up their starch to the rumen microbes, and act as fiber in the intestinal tract.
Feeding studies on beef cattle have shown that whole corn is a much better feed than had previously been thought. In some areas, cow/calf producers are being encouraged to replace part of the winter hay ration with whole corn for their pregnant cows. The animal gets a base ration of hay (I think it was 1% of the body weight) and then for the rest of the ration 1 lb of whole corn replaces 2 lbs of hay.
Interesting, and seems to be working quite well for those that are doing it.
I would feed it whole. I think what comes out the other end varies depending on what else is fed and the individual animal.
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Its been described real well already, but we feed our steers whole corn to finish them. Our cows, although they dont get much get a mixed feed with rolled (cracked) corn in it. The local feed mill used to sell a whole corn calf starter too, they may still. They talked about how the young calves rumen was not developed yet and it was easier to digest whole corn. (Same holds true for pelleted calf feeds I would assume)
I've always understood that whole corn that has been forced dried (most all corn is put through a grain dryer, but not this year around here-plenty dry in the field) is cracked enough for all nutrients to be used even though there is corn showing in the manure. Corn dried on the cob should probably be cracked before feeding.
I feed cracked corn.
In the old days, farmers would have hogs in the lot with steers to 'clean up' the corn in the manure.
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