BEEF - Content Cattle Achieving Quicker Finishing Weights
25 Jan 2017
Harvest is now a distant memory for David Tanner from Loddington Grange Farm, Northamptonshire, and now the focus is on utilising the home grown cereals in a ration for his 400 finishing cattle.
David, who farms in partnership with father Malcolm, buys store cattle all year round from store sales and a private buyer. “We are not fussy when it comes to breeds and have a variety of continental and native steers and heifers as well as dairy bulls.” says David. “As long as we are getting cattle that we can finish
within spec and make a margin on, we will take them.”
Three years ago David made the decision to treat his cereals with Maxammon, the process and rationing is overseen by Harbro sales specialist Michael Richardson who has seen David treat his fourth
crop. “Prior to using Maxammon, the stock had regular problems with acidosis and bloating.” says Michael Richardson. “Now three years on David has eliminated these issues by altering the TMR
ration to incorporate Maxammon cereals.”
The ad-lib TMR fed to the stock compromises of; maize silage, fodder beet, silage, straw, Maxammon wheat and Maxammon barley, along with the Grampian Beef Max mineral which includes Rumitech and Yea-Sacc, dietary enhancers. “Grampian Beef Max + Yea-Sacc + Rumitech is the first choice powdered mineral to use alongside Maxammon grain. It contains essential elements necessary to allow best use of Maxammon cereals. It also allows successful feeding of all moist grains due to the higher Vitamin E provision within the product.” says Michael Richardson. Two main batches of grain are treated with Maxammon, with the first coming straight off the combine in July.
“Not only has Maxammon helped with health issues in the stock, it has also eased the labour requirements at harvest.” says David.
“We have reduced our costs with Maxammon - prior to feeding the enhanced grain we used to buy in a blend to feed alongside the barley. We also no longer require outsourcing the grain drying, which has reduced our costs and find it much easier no longer selling grain off farm.” he continues.
A total of 450 tonnes of grain is now treated at Loddington Grange, with the cattle going straight onto the ration
when they first arrive on farm. David and Malcolm aim to put a minimum of 10-12 cattle away fat each week when they reach approximately 380kg, all selling direct to ABP in Shrewsbury.
“We meet regularly with David to review the ration and take samples of the grain before and after treatment to ensure it is ready to feed.” says Michael Richardson. “The advantage of Maxammon treated grain is evident in the batches of healthy contented cattle that are away quicker whilst keeping within spec.” he concludes.