Product Benefits

Steamed Ground Oat Grouts

Calves chew oat grain sufficiently well until approximately 10 months old. Little or no benefit is gained from processing oats prior to this time. Grinding oats is usually not required for young calves, unless the grain fed with the oats is also ground. Grinding ensures a more complete mixing of the feeds.

Feeding rolled or ground oats to yearlings results in a 5 percent improvement in feed efficiency compared to feeding oats whole. In some studies, cattle fed whole oats have consumed more grain per day but gained at the same rate compared to cattle fed rolled or ground oats. This indicates lower utilization of the whole oats by older cattle. This is probably because calves chew oats more thoroughly than older cattle.

Fine grinding oats, coupled with pelleting, has improved performance of growing cattle over either whole or ground oats. Studies have shown that gains can be improved 11 percent and feed efficiency improved 13 percent by grinding and pelleting compared to feeding oats whole.










Steamed Flaked Corn

Going from whole corn to true flaked corn requires precise processing. According to recent research, corn that has been properly processed (truly flaked) can increase milk production substantially-as much as 6 pounds per cow per day. How is that possible? Animal Scientists at the University of Arizona and Cornell University as well as others have shown that corn cooked at over 200 degrees for over an hour (totally softened) and flaked thinly between two large rolls is far more digestible by the rumen organisms than is corn prepared by all other methods of processing.










Steamed Rolled Barley

Barley is a very useful grain source for growing, gestating, and lactating dairy cattle, providing more protein than most other grains, highly digestible starch (energy), and useful fiber. Cows fed diets with barley as the primary concentrate produce the same amount of milk as cows fed other grains. Processing barley by tempering and rolling improves digestion in the rumen, feed efficiency, and animal performance. Feeding properly processed barley with the appropriate amount and quality of forage in mixed rations maintains optimum ruminal pH and nutrient digestibility. Addition of yeast culture appears to be beneficial. Barley is an economical nutrient source that should be strongly considered in formulating rations for dairy cattle.