In 1991 I went from college graduation to being one of the first independent nutritionists in the US in a time when most animal rations were provided by the big name companies. At that time my "rumen efficiency formula" was my mantra. The concepts were simple, have healthy and productive animals by trying to maintain a rumen pH as close to 6.5 as possible. During that time farmers were spending a lot of money on high priced feeds not just in price per ton but also in volume.
I want to elaborate some on palatability and nutrition of alfalfa and clovers. Alfalfa matures in 28-35 days. Clovers 30-40 days depending on weather conditions. Alfalfa is graded on a scale called relative feed value (rfv). Prime alfalfa hay is in the 175-200 rfv range. Preferred quality to be fed to dairy cattle and deer would be in the 130-175 rfv range. Rfv's over that tend to be really great on protein and mineral contend but due to their low fiber levels are digested to
So many people ask me what they should use for fertilizers for their food plots. My answer is not as simple as most want it to be. Here are factors that come into play. 1) What are your soil test levels of phosphorous and potassium? 2) What is your soil pH? 3) What is your soil organic matter levels? 4) What are you planting? 5) What is your yield goal of what you are planting? Why are each of these things important? Everything in life is about balance. You need to know if yo
I just got back from the ATA show in Indianapolis and had some really interesting conversations the past couple days. It lead to this topic. Where are you at today in your wildlife program. I look at this food plotting, deer mineral, habitat work and stand placement as a PROGRAM. Grandpa Ray Outdoors has prepackaged products and also offers custom blended mixes. We look at each of your situations individually as no 2 people have all the same factors coming into play. Let me c
Those of you who have attended my seminars or watched some of my videos have heard me talk about the importance of sulfur. Today, i'm going to cover it for both the nutrition aspect and the agronomic side of things. Sulfur is necessary for the production of amino acids in ruminant animals. Called cysteine, cysteine and methionine, these amino acids are manufactured by the microorganisms in the deer's rumen. Also the B-vitamins thiamin and biotin are produced. When sulfur is