r J . iHereiord steers best of the lot Five Hereford steers brought in by Harold Phillips, Route 2, Box 100-A, Boerne, were the best looking lot of calves brought to the Union Stock Yards during the mid-morning mid-morning hours Monday. Phillips said the calves had been on corn, and they looked like they had been converting the feed quite well. Feeding of two of the calves was started with the idea that they might become become club calves for show purposes. However, the two did not grow tall enough and were included in the five brought to the yards. His place got four inches of rain Oct. 25, and the Harding grass came alive right after that rain. . But there has been no rain since, and the grass again is beginning to show signs of needing rain. New additive A new cattle feed additive has been announced by Elanco Products Co., the agricultural division of Eli Lilly and Co. The additive is called Rumensin and Elanco officials officials say it has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration Administration for use in feedlot cattle. Rumensin improves the fermentation efficiency of the beef animal’s rumen, rATTI 1? Vt/l 11 LtEi CLATTER »> ' nm CtHmfaghim Agrietiktire Editor resulting in more usable energy per pound of feed consumed. Dr. A. P. Raun, head of* the Lilly Animal Nutrition Research, said the additive was tested extensively over a period of several years. Firm officials say the additive improves feed efficiency efficiency an average of 10 per cent. Cattle fed Rumensin at the rate of 30 grams per ton of total ration in 19 university university and Lilly experiment sites required 8.46 pounds of feed per pound of gain against 9.46 pounds of feed per pound of gain for animals animals not given Rumensin. The experiment indicated that $15.25 per animal was saved in feeding the additive additive to cattle being fed out from 700 to 1,050 pounds. No withdrawal of Ru mensin from the feed prior to marketing will be necessary, necessary, company officers said. Grass dwindling The decreasing supply of grass caused at the Meador Brothers place between San Marcos and Austin caused the owners to send 25 calves to the Union Stock Yards Monday. A. B. Strickland of the ranch said feed was too high to try to winter the calves. The place got 1.5 inches of rain Dec. 15. Cattle poor Some of the cattle in the D’Hanis area are “getting pretty poor,” Clayton Nester Nester said Monday at the Union Stock Yards. He added that all the dry land oats around there were not dead but were about to die because of lack of rainfall. rainfall. Nester did not plant any oats this year, saving all he does in the way of farming and ranching is that of hauling a few cattle. 1,700 cattle Receipts at the Union Stock Yards Monday were estimated at 1,700 cattle and 700 hogs. Totals for the previous Monday were 4,311 cattle and 759 hogs and for a comparable Monday in 1974 were 1,368 cattle and 520 hogs.