Drought feeding alternatives

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Knowledge level: Intermediate

Commonly used protein supplements include:

  • commercial preparations such as blocks, loose mixes and liquids
  • urea/molasses roller drums
  • vegetable protein meals
  • adding urea to the drinking water.

The webpage notes that: “For these supplements to be effective, there must be an adequate supply of dry pasture available.”

The following recommendations are made around supplements:

Fortified molasses

  • molasses plus 8% urea (M8U)
  • molasses plus 3% urea and 10% vegetable protein meal.

Homemade mixes

  • Cracked grain: 57 kg
  • Salt: 30 kg
  • Urea: 8 kg
  • GranAm: 3 kg
  • DCP or Kynofos: 2 kg
  • Bentonite: 3 kg
  • Rumensin 100: 0.05 kg
    Total: 103.05 kg

This mix can also have 2 kg of cement added to set the mix to prevent overeating. It can be fed in open troughs, preferably under cover or open ended so that water can drain away during rain.

Protein content of meals

White cottonseed

For whole cottonseed, the approximate composition is:

  • dry matter: 90 to 93%
  • digestibility: 80%
  • energy: 14 MJ/kg
  • crude protein: 22 to 24%
  • oil: 15 to 18%
  • calcium: 0.15 %
  • phosphorus: 0.75%

The article outlines the following warning:

Feeding meals rendered from animals such as meatmeal, bloodmeal and fishmeal to cattle is illegal. Penalties of up to $15,000 can be incurred.

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