Simply put, pellets can guarantee delivery of vital nutrients to the animal. Think of a pellet as a vitamin capsule – much like what a human may take. The objective with pellets is to deliver the precise ration to the animal to maximize production. Nutrition Service has the ability to make any type of pellet to suit your animal’s needs.
Why pellet feed?
We specialize in pellets for Robot dairies
Pelleted feeds for Robot herds serve a couple of functions. First is to drive the cow to want to come to the milking Robot, the second is to deliver nutrition that complements the PARTIAL Mixed Ration (PMR). In practice, the more milkings the cow receives during the day, the greater the production. There are several different robotic systems, but many can be programmed to deliver feed based on production and anticipated production based on the cow’s physiology. A loose meal or a single component feed used in the application of robotic milking would blunt the genetic potential of the cow. Custom built pellets, specific to the forages offered in the PMR help maximize her potential.
Pellet based calf grain
Calves naturally receive most of their nutrition from milk, we supplement and work on weaning them off milk by introducing dry feed. Calves cannot utilize forages until 100 days old, so quality dry feed is paramount. Pelleted feeds are like a bunch of vitamin capsules that ensure the calf gets her entire ration consumed. Calves are still learning to eat so they do best with things that are easiest to consume. Coarser textured feeds fit the bill. She needs something that she can grasp hold of with her tongue without leaving anything behind. Pelleted grains fit the bill.
Calf-Rich Calf Feeds
Calf-Rich calf feeds are a pellet based, textured grain mix utilizing Flaked corn, it would be the Cadillac of mixed grains. We offer our floor stocked feeds as well as custom blends as prescribed by your nutritionist or Veterinarian. Flaked grains wonderfully complement the pellet and molasses in the formulation. Like pellets, flaked corn is coarse in texture, therefore easy for the calf to pick up and eat. Additionally, flaked corn is rich in gelatinized starch which is more available to the calf. A well built calf grain would contain greater than 50% corn which is difficult to manage if the entire corn bill is added to the pellet alone. Pellets lose their durability when more than 30% ground corn is added so it is nearly impossible to adequately supplement a calf’s real needs. Therefore, we use flaked corn. Now you can build a durable pellet, load it with essential protein and nutrients and coat the mix with molasses that will keep the calf hitting the bucket and putting on pounds. Our texturized formula is specifically designed to stimulate rumen papillae growth, thus helping calves mature quickly into ruminants