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Whole-Flaked-Cracked What is better?
« on: June 13, 2007, 12:35:38 PM »
What is the better way to feed corn?  Whole - Flaked or cracked?

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Re: Whole-Flaked-Cracked What is better?
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2007, 12:38:31 PM »
mommacow, I always like steam flaked corn. Thought it was better utilized, more digestable & just a better product.
I look specificaly for a company that does it to process their corn, barley & oats.

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Re: Whole-Flaked-Cracked What is better?
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2007, 01:03:30 PM »
It's like Red reads my mind lol (isn't that scarey! (lol))  She said exactly (really close) to what I was going to say.
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Re: Whole-Flaked-Cracked What is better?
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2007, 01:05:39 PM »
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Re: Whole-Flaked-Cracked What is better?
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2007, 01:10:23 PM »
Steam flaked is the best as long as it is good to start with..... Several of the feed companies will buy low quality corn and steam flake it... coat it with molasses add some fluffy filler and call it show feed.
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Re: Whole-Flaked-Cracked What is better?
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2007, 01:22:01 PM »
We feed about 1/2 cracked and 1/2 ground corn, but just because our local feed mill can't steam roll it.  However, it has seemed to work fine compared to what I was used to before we started having our own ration mixed.

For our "summer" or grower ration, we do substitute quite a bit of steam rolled milo for corn though.  Anyone else use milo much?  It has seemed to work well.

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Re: Whole-Flaked-Cracked What is better?
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2007, 02:11:14 PM »
great article on this topic.  pdf viewed as an html doc, albeit it's feeding dairy cows for milk.

http://72.14.253.104/search?q=cache:RWRl4xwp7JQJ:www.txanc.org/proceedings/2003/EffectsofGrainVariability.PDF+no+benefit+to+steam+rolling+corn&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=10&gl=us&client=firefox-a

or download the pdf

http://www.txanc.org/proceedings/2003/EffectsofGrainVariability.PDF

another great article

http://oregonstate.edu/dept/EOARC/abouthome/scientists/documents/DWB30.pdf

and another

www.redmills.ie/pdf/newsletter-23-09/newsletter.pdf

haven't seen any cost studies to just compare the cost alone, now with fuel prices going through the elevator roof and the cost to process the feed.  it will be marginal at some point.
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Re: Whole-Flaked-Cracked What is better?
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2007, 05:37:29 AM »
We also like the steam rolled, we had trouble getting it back years ago when we ground our own feed and actually bought a roller, talk about work!  For the feed we put out for the cows we just used ground corn, but it is more for maintenance and to keep them coming up.
We don't use Milo but have in the past, it is about impossible to get around here.

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Re: Whole-Flaked-Cracked What is better?
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2007, 05:40:32 AM »
I can't think of any milo grown here.
I love the steam flaked products. We have several feed companies that do it here. Makes a big difference.

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