WHEAT GRAIN

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014

In general, wheat is higher in protein than corn or barley and about equal to corn in energy. Because several varieties of wheat are commonly grown, the protein content can vary from 9 to 15 percent and TDN from 74 to 82 percent.  Wheat is a palatable grain and should be fed coarsely ground or crushed for best results. It should not be fed whole or ground finely. Finely ground wheat is powdery and unpalatable. Wheat should not make up more than 50 percent of the grain mix (a maximum of 33 percent is common) nor be fed at a rate greater than 12 pounds (5.5 kg) per cow per day reduce weight.  Unseasonably rainy weather occasionally will cause wheat to sprout after it has been cut and is lying in the swath or even while still standing. Sprouted wheat is an acceptable feed, although it is somewhat damaged wheat. Rolled sprouted wheat should be prepared every two days to avoid spoilage.

 

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TYPICAL ANALYSIS:

Dry matter 89 %
Crude Protein 11.0 %
Fat 01.7 %
Crude fiber 02.5 %
Neutral Detergent Fiber 16.5 %
Acid Detergent Fiber 05.2 %
Calcium 0.05 %
Phosphorus 0.32 %
Total Digestible Nutrients 79.0 %
Net energy—Lactation 82.4 Mcal/100 lbs
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