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Interestingly I had a chat with the lady in the office about it and enquired about beet pulp prices, years ago we made grainbeet 4:1 and it fattened cattle well which mystified me with having zero starch. She quoted around £330 so it works out around £300/tonne mixed @ 86/dm, it would be the most inline with other rations it’s been for years, it soaked up nearly all the juice
Zero starch but would have had a lot of sugar in it with the beet pulp. Sugar will still fatten an animal if fed in large quantity's, from a nutrition point of view it isn't the heathiest. A bit like you replacing your carbohydrates with sugar in your diet, you are still going to get fat if you eat too much of it.
 

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Zero starch but would have had a lot of sugar in it with the beet pulp. Sugar will still fatten an animal if fed in large quantity's, from a nutrition point of view it isn't the heathiest. A bit like you replacing your carbohydrates with sugar in your diet, you are still going to get fat if you eat too much of it.
There’s not much sugar left in the beet pulp even when molassed. I’ve always found sugar for lean starch for fat. I used to feed a fair few jelly sweets, they piled the weight on but had no finish until you swapped some out for grain/potato. Good for keeping cattle growing fast though
 
There’s not much sugar left in the beet pulp even when molassed. I’ve always found sugar for lean starch for fat. I used to feed a fair few jelly sweets, they piled the weight on but had no finish until you swapped some out for grain/potato. Good for keeping cattle growing fast though
Yeah didn't realise how little sugar there is left in beet pulp, 6% according to KW info sheet, that's crackers. And yeah grain and potato is such a good combo, know many doing that, shame spuds aren't always available all year round.
 
I pretty much disagree with buying beet pulp out of principle They changed the process years ago and take much more sugar out of it now but I do buy beet whole.
We used to put a pit in of grain every August/September the grains were cheap and you could feed most things on it good for fattening cattle bit slow for sheep but perfectly possible. The savings on buying late summer are not as attractive now everyone has cottoned on I think
 
I pretty much disagree with buying beet pulp out of principle They changed the process years ago and take much more sugar out of it now but I do buy beet whole.
We used to put a pit in of grain every August/September the grains were cheap and you could feed most things on it good for fattening cattle bit slow for sheep but perfectly possible. The savings on buying late summer are not as attractive now everyone has cottoned on I think
understandable, their business isn't to produce an animal feed product but to maximise efficiency extracting sugar and minimise waste, sometimes forget that about these by-products out there.
 

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Best time to feed them now. FCR only drops as they get bigger. We filled the creep up yesterday for the first time and it will stay that way until weaning now.
If i started creeping now the calves wouldnt fit in the feeder come october or the bars would be so high and wide the cows would be getting in. Cant wean them any earlier as the cows would get mastitis.
 

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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