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Feeding Systems

Producers can choose from a number of feed systems, the efficiency of which depends on the nature of each operation. For example, two basic methods of forage feeding exist: in the first, cattle are fed directly from the storage area; in the second, feed is moved from the storage area to separate feeders.

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Silage
Bales
Forage Production and Management

Feeding Systems

Beef Cattle Feeding Systems
Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food
An overview of feeding systems, including two very different feeding strategies: fixed feed storage directly accessed by cattle, and the movement of feed from storage to a feeder mechanism. This online factsheet also includes info on processed feeds, mills, and electric blender-grinders, and the safe handling of bales.

Feeding Systems Cost Evaluator
Alberta Agriculture and Food
This calculator can help you compare the costs (on a dry matter basis) of pit, bagged and bale silage, as well as dry hay.

Feeding Strategy: How Does Bunk Management Affect Feeding Behaviour?
Alberta Agriculture and Food
Is it better to introduce a feeding regime that limits the food intake of cattle, or to allow them to feed at will?

Silage

Moldy Silage - Frequently Asked Questions
Alberta Agriculture and Food
Why does moldy silage and feed exist? When does it occur? How does spoilage affect feed quality? Find answers to these and other questions regarding moldy silage.

Influence of Supplemental Protein on Calf Performance and Reproductive Efficiency for Beef Cows Fed Silage
Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives
On silage-based diets, beef cows respond to protein supplementation by increasing milk production.

Watch Corn Silage Moisture, Not Just Milkline
Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives
Producers can get better milk production out of corn silage by chopping corn based on milkline rather than moisture content.

Bales

Efficiently Feeding Round Bales
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Evaluate your round bale feeding system to reduce feed wastage (which is on average 40 per cent of feed produced).

Forage Production and Management

Forage Production and Management
Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives
Information on the different forage types, the forage industry, agronomy, marketing and economics.

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