Corn Stalks Grazing Caution
Due to the many mold issues in corn this harvest season precaution should be taken in grazing these corn stalks. Cobs and husks may contain 10 times higher levels of toxins, molds and fungi than the grain itself. Therefore, the grain and/or husks and cobs should be tested prior to grazing corn fields to determine what levels of DON (Vomitoxin) and Fumonison we may find in the husks and cobs. Multiply corn grain results X 10 and determine if it is safe to feed the fodder.
Beef cattle can usually tolerate levels up to 10 ppm of Vomitoxin, 30 ppm of Fumonison, 10 ppm of Zearelenone and up to 100 ppb of Aflatoxin. Keep in mind that the compounding effect of the presence of more than one toxin makes matters worth.
It is best to be pro-active than being sorry after the damage is done and livestock losses have occurred.
Supply JR/MLS #3 lick tubs free choice at one tub for every 30-40 head of cattle.
Provide free choice a special JR lose mineral/salt mix designed to bind some of the toxins.
Baling corn stalks:
Higher moisture in corn stalks this season requires treatment of this fodder to keep it safe for feeding later. Use JR Bale Enhancer Liquid at the rate of 4-6 pounds per ton of baled stalks. The other choice product is JR Ration Enhancer Liquid at the rate of 3-5 pounds per ton.
Please call JR Feeds with any questions you may have and allow our Sales/Consultant Team help you prevent further problems with these feedstuffs. It is in the best interest of your valued livestock to use the right product at the right time with the correct application rate.
Being pro-active pays good dividends this year in most effectively utilizing the harvested grain and corn stalks.