Does anyone know about adding rice bran oil to a cow's feed? I have a cow that is a hard keeper so I got a jug of rice bran oil for her. I think she is gaining weight. I think increasing the fat content of her ration might be finally making a difference. She gets 4 oz a day poured on her grain.
I keep wondering if the oil is bad for her rumen bugs but I have fed wheat germ oil without concern. I also keep this cow on 2 oz of Fastrack per day so she is getting plenty of probiotics.
I need to measure her so I can really be sure if she is gaining as well as I think she has. Its been about 3 weeks on the rice bran oil.
When I try to Google it I keep finding stuff about feeding rice bran to cattle which is cheap feed that is left over after they extract the oil. The oil is supposed to be very good for you with all kinds of antioxidants and health benefits. www.ricebranoil.info/apps/pet.html
Any thoughts on rice bran oil and/or feeding oil to cows in general appreciated. I am guessing people don't generally do this because its not cheap.
Post by 39chicks1cow on Jan 8, 2013 20:09:55 GMT -5
That is pretty interesting! I could be wrong, but it seems many of the horse "fixes" for issues are similar for cows. I've never had a horse, but reading on here seems to indicate there are lots of similarities.
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You have to be careful about feeding too much oil because of the suppression of rumen bugs, which horses don't have.
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I'd assume that if you were suppressing rumen bugs, she likely would have a short flush of weight gain (from 'eating' all the dead rumen bugs) but it wouldn't persist. If her weight gain continues, you might have struck a balance between extra oil calories and killing off rumen bugs. Good luck.
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She is doing well on the 4 oz of oil. No apparent rumen upset. Actually her poop is the best its been although that could be because its the dead of winter. She usually has a dirty tail. No undigested grain or anything else to indicate a problem. Lots of cud chewing.
I will measure her again and see how the weight is looking. The weather has been bad for a couple weeks so I will be happy if she is holding steady. They all look terrible to me when its very cold out.
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