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Let’s talk about cake

May 17, 2020

CVA Feed Sales Manager, Brandi Salestrom


As the excitement around our merger with Farmers and Ranchers Cooperative, beginning June 1, 2020, grows, I have had the opportunity to learn more about their program and the most prominent topic of discussion, cake. While cattle nutrition needs are similar, the geography differences across our CVA territory gives us the ability to fit any cattle operation needs. Ranchers supplement with cake through the winter months as a protein source. Before selecting a protein supplement of cake, the hay or forage quality is the first factor to consider. Commonly, ranchers will graze native grasses and also provide grass hay closer to calving.
 
This type of feed program typically falls short on protein. By collecting a sample of your feedstuff and sending it off for analysis, we will obtain accurate data to develop a feed plan. Hay is mainly used as an energy source. However, hay, such as a mid to high-quality alfalfa, will have some protein to provide in the diet as well. Cakes can consist of protein sources such as DDGS, sunflower meal, or cottonseed meal. Wheat middlings provide the extra benefit of fiber. Cake consistency is very important as cake needs to be hard enough to stick together and not crumble yet soft enough for cattle to consume. At our Ainsworth mill, we make custom formulations with various vitamins, minerals, medicated feed additives, or ionophores.
 
The 28% protein cake has proven to be a cube of choice by ranchers this past year. With 28% protein and 8% fat, this cube is designed for feeding cattle on forage-based diets. This is an easy way to supplement fat and protein to a herd. The palatable 7/8 cube is fed at 1-2 lbs per head per day for the best results. Medicated feed additives are available. The majority of the cake comes in a 7/8 size cube; however, we also offer a 5/8 cube for weaned calves. Feeding rates will fluctuate with product but average in that 2-3lbs per head per day. Besides custom cubes, we also offer pellets and minerals. Stay tuned for our bookings later this summer to get your herd prepared for winter!
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