• Lancaster / Wi


Improving Feed Efficiency


There are "experts" that claim whole or partial kernels of grain and forage in the manure contain no nutritional value; that they are in fact just "shells." I imagine that if my grandfather ever met one of those “experts,” he would have taken the opportunity to pull out a 1950's cartoon entitled "Lunch in the Round." Pictured in the cartoon was a steer eating corn and a 200 lb hog sitting behind him wearing a bib. Indeed, it has been shown that hogs running with fat cattle grew from 100 lbs to 250 lbs being fed no supplemental grain. Under the "shell theory," this kind of gain would have been impossible. In fact, many people use hogs and chickens (when possible and legal) to clean up the undigested grain in the cattle manure.

An obvious benefit to feeding cornerpost is that it provides 100% available energy, unlike the 66% digestibility of corn. Unfortunately, in recent years corn has been bred for durability, not animal digestibility. More time is required by microorganisms to digest most corn due to the seed coat and genetic modifications. Cornerpost, on the other hand, contains no genetically modified ingredients and is easily digested, providing a readily available energy source and promoting faster growth and larger numbers of beneficial rumen microflora. This increases the efficiency of digestion resulting in a 25-40% increase in feed efficiency.

Digestion in the rumen is carried out by microflora (bacteria): proteolytic (grain digesters) and cellulytic (forage digesters). These two types work side-by-side but also continually compete to establish their own optimum environmental conditions. A pound of hay actually has more energy than a pound of corn, providing digestion of the tough lignin occurs. Being able to reduce total grain ingested favors cellulytic microbes, promoting digestion of forages (the most economical feed source) resulting in lower feed costs. Also, acetic acid production increases promoting high solids and increased butterfat content of milk. Moreover, marbling of meat is increased improving taste and texture, instead of the "greasy" fat accumulating over the muscle by corn. Due to increased surface area contact with muscle and the blood stream, marble fat is a far more available energy source, promoting good reproduction and proper immune system function.

Furthermore, cornerpost is a superior antidote for nitrates. Nitrates, like urea, are a readily available nitrogen source requiring a readily available energy source for their conversion to protein. In fact, both require more energy for conversion than yielded by their metabolism. Alcohol naturally produced in the rumen is in high demand to convert these nitrogen sources. Under high nitrate conditions decreased digestion results in more undigested forage passing through the cow. Cornerpost, under high nitrate conditions, may not provide increased production, but will allow use of feedstuffs that would otherwise be harmful to herd health.

Cornerpost also includes some essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, cellulytic bacteria, and enzymes which speed up the digestion of forages. Just as methionine is essential to the start translation of the genetic code, there are several fatty acids in limited supply that are vital to energy metabolism and antibody production. Not only does cornerpost contain no added protein, it also has no added minerals. Almost all high forage rations we see are high on protein and short on energy. Almost all green grass rations fit this description!

Furthermore, everyone should realize ruminants (i.e., cows, sheep, goats, etc.) have the ability to overeat up to 50% to overcome deficiencies or dilute excesses in their diets. So why provide protein when protein is not the factor limiting production and herd health? Why not make the most out of your protein on the farm? Cornerpost will pay for itself by promoting the utilization of your forages, so check out our cornerpost products today!