These hungry steers eat lots of food, over 2,000 pounds each morning to be exact. Until we get underway with the grazing study and turn the cattle out to pasture we have to keep them full somehow! Each morning these 75 head of cattle are fed a ration of silage and grain. We grind two silage bales with 750 pounds of grain totaling more than 2,000 pounds of feed. We then use the tractor to feed into feed bunks. Here we aim to have each steer gain two pounds per day. If that is not enough to make them full, they can chow on the dry bale we put out.
During feeding we become closer and get to know the personality of each animal. Some love to run while other enjoy and slow walk. Stay tuned for more updates on this study!