Improved cattle performance with Maxammon
21 May 2020
With temperatures rising and the crops growing well in the fields, it’s time to think about harvest options, making the most of forage and home grown cereals and simplifying how we feed our livestock.
As we are all aware, ruminants are built to turn indigestible forage into very digestible meat and milk. The Maxammon feeding system allows for simple rations to be created using home grown cereals, pulses and forage to optimise both performance and profit at the same time as controlling cost. The challenge, however, is how to maximise both meat and milk production whilst maintaining a healthy rumen.
The Maxammon Feeding System
Maxammon is a tried and tested grain treatment process which results in the following benefits:
- Improved performance: improved DLWG and improved milk yield
- Improved rumen performance
- Fewer health issues
- Ability to feed home grown cereals, pulses and forage
Feeding cattle and cows using the Maxammon approach is based on some very simple principles and you can formulate very powerful rations using a limited number of quality ingredients, providing a cost effective and constant source of protein all year round.
Maxammon feeding systems include:
- Treating suitable grain at harvest time or dried, stored grain throughout the year – maize, wheat, barley and oats. Wholecrop, straw and pulses can also be treated.
- Supply of Maxammon grain direct to farm
- Supply of Maxammon blended feed and compound.
- We also offer a complete Maxammon processing service for farmers looking to home treat.
Proven success in cattle
Independent trials by leading agricultural organisations across the globe have shown consistently high performance across a variety of breeds and systems using the Maxammon approach.
A Glasgow Vet School trial in 2018 testing a propcorn barley/straw diet vs a Maxammon barley/straw diet with equivalence of protein reported fed to 200+ cattle showed the following resutls:
- ADWG: 1.81kg (11% improvement on control group)
- Feed conversion ratio: 7.13 (11% improvement on control group)
- Fewer poor performing animals
Feeding Maxammon to dairy cows
One farmer who has seen the benefits of using the Maxammon Feeding System for a number of years is Gavin Baillie who milks 250 pedigree Holstein cows:
“Before we started feeding Maxammon 5 years ago, we always struggled to feed more than 4.5kg of our own cereal and instead had to rely on soya hulls and a rumen buffer to keep the rumen safe. However, since feeding Maxammon we now feed up to 8.75kg of cereal along with protected rapeseed and molasses, which has not only lifted our starch and sugars from 21% to 27.5% but also reduced the amount of soya we are feeding by over 2kgs. Dung consistency and fertility is excellent with the herd currently averaging 10,500kgs on twice a day milking and with some of the highest milk qualities we have ever had with milk butterfat up to 4.27% and milk protein up to 3.58%.
Speak to us about how you can maximise performance on farm using the Maxammon approach.