lived",with oate for had to have a nurse crop lor new Now,the way 11 iy pay. How does a return of >Ie $125 in your books? It '*,: i.', yielding about 4 f' oats to make this kind of money, Oil;" * >ir experiments show that oat silage, acre, will put gains on beef * .amounting to $125 * $130 per acre return for the feed, •Calves yi^titered* on oat silage gained 1.74 pounds a ttey 'trttffmymfot 18.8 pounds of silage, 2£ pount hay and 48 pounds of cdfti daily 1 , About 781 pounds of .. was put on from an acre of silage; valued at $20 a hundred this Ibeef was woifli $15650. Subtract the cost of the hay arid tbrjtt' v « and it leaves $124,69, according to Illinois figures. Using current market value for those feeds at the time gives a cost of-'^inyfe.: 1 of about $13 per hundred. - , - - . ,, ^*^$jm$.? ''""' ^i^lS^^^SP 8 * ^feg* Won'l "Stand Altfne" «, "'^^'^M^^' ll ^etii^th kuch Jaoreasonabie cost of gain, the ratfon--«>tt^&;v^ tains more grain than a lot of people like to use in a wintering « % .feedi/Fu1f^r tests were run to see just wlwt level of corn And-'t: 1 ^^ 1 " ^»ve the lowest cost of gato and best return, ' Small grain silage is best when cut at the early dough stage. The silage then has-combination of good-keeping qualities, plus the most desirable nutrient levels. Don't cut early to make up for moisture lost in the ensiling process. If it is too dry, add moisture. Calves fed Only oat silage for 56 days gained just 0.12 pounds a day. Calves that had one pound, of protein supplei'^" ment added to the 'silage gained one-half a pound per day.C. V- With 2 pounds of corn, plus the supplement, the gain jumped tb' T ' : ' , 1.07 pounds daily. Calves, fed 4 pounds of corn plus one pound ; '. of supplement daily'with their silage, gained enough to have an ' over-all cost of gain j^er hundred of $16.04. Cost was $21^9. for those fed only silage with a little corn the last few days. :*> With;.die higher 'degree of corn feeding, the total return 'from the silage was $122.98 compared to $83.78,for the lower level of jcom^feeding.- * , ; >, Good oats like these may make this farmer $23,-$30 gross per acre from Jus -land. -Afoing Joats^os .xi nurse crop has been a practice that has seldom been profitable but it did give some return while establishing a legume seeding. Making silage from this crop can give a higher return and make oats a paying crop. Stocker calves like these will gain around 1% pounds per day on an oat silage and corn ration. Oats, making 4 tons to the acre will provide enough feed to give around $125 return per acre in the form of beef. This rate of return is based on $20 per cwt. as selling price. Proper protein supplement is needed to get maximum gain. Check your oat* often. As they approach the Igte rnilk stage, make lure everything is ready to go. Timeliness is most important in making good oat silage. Poor silage means poor gains on calvej. Cutting the oats will also give the legume seeding a boost, reduce shadow* and moisture competition.
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