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Trials

Completed On Farm Trials

3IN1FEEDERS regularly conduct on-farm trials to provide our customers with the necessary facts to make informed decisions.

Creep Feeding Trial

Objective:
Compare the profitability of creep feeding two groups of calves against a control group that had no creed feed.

The two creep feeding groups were fed a controlled barley amount and free choice oats.

Result summary:
While creep feeding is quite profitable, feeding a restricted ration of 3.1lb/ day of barley was $68.02/head more profitable than feeding free-choice oats at 4.5lb/day and $106.56/ head more profitable than not creep feeding because the calves fed barley improved growth rates and didn't sell at a "pot-bellied" discount.

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Yearling Trial - Forage crop grazing

Objective:
Compare the profitability of a group of yearlings grazing a forage crop with hay against another group on the same feed but with an additional supplement of 2lb/day of wheat.

Result summary:
The supplement mob grew an average of 3.3lb/day, 1.1lb/day more than the control mob over the 60 day trial. The per-head cost of the grain was 70c/day and the additional carcase weight gain was worth $1.40/day.

A big surprise was the amount of crop saved. The control mob was consuming 20lb of forage and 4lb/day of hay. The other group that had 2lb/day of grain only consumed 13lb of forage - simply because they were using the feed more efficiently.

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Yearling Trial - Cereal crop grazing

Objective:
Compare the profitability of a group of yearlings growing from 450lb to 1000lb, grazing cereal crops against another group on the same feed but with an additional supplement of 4lb/day of 16% protein pellets.

Result summary:
The average daily weight gain achieved was 3.06lb, 1.34lb higher than the historic average.

The average time to grow the steers from 450lb to target weight reduced from an average of 315 days to only 182 days.

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Yearling Trial - Pasture grazing

Objective:
Compare the profitability of a group of yearlings growing from 650lb to 900lb, grazing pasture against another group on the same feed but with an additional supplement of 3lb/day of barley.

Result summary:
The control group weight gain averaged 1.96lb/head/day. The Barley group weight gain averaged 2.86lb/head/day, an extra 0.90lb/head/day. Barley consumption averaged 2.51lb/head/day.

If barley is $0.10/lb and live weight gain is $1.3lb, the added income amounted to $1.17/day, the added expenses to $0.25/day - an added profit of $0.92/head per day. A herd of 200 yearlings, over 120 days would add $22,080 in profit.

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Upcoming On-farm Trials

3IN1FEEDERS continue to test completed trial results and assess the profitability of a range of supplement feeding systems. Upcoming trials include:

Increasing 2nd year heifers' pregnancy rates

Trial objective:
Heifers that have calved suffer significant strains on their condition after pregnancy and while producing milk.

They often struggle to be in adequate condition to become pregnant three months after calving.

The trial will compare the profitability, weight and pregnancy rate of a group of heifers that are given 2kg/day of cereal after giving birth until 30 days after mating, compared to a group without supplement.