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Old Apr 10th 2016, 02:00 PM   #1
 
  Jun 2015
  Guston my
Talked to a rep yesterday about mass production deer feed. They are claiming that deer will eat almost half the amount of feed because they are nutritional satisfied. There is some awesome ingredient in it. I pay 550 a ton for my feed now. They want $1000 a ton for there and you have to buy at least 3 ton at a time to get free shipping. They claim that there feed feeds out at around $500 a ton due to deer eating less. Has anyone had any experience with it or looked at feeding it???
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Old Apr 10th 2016, 03:50 PM   #2
 
  Sep 2010
  Zimmerman, MN
That is absolutely crazy!! I pay $370 a ton, and I grow huge deer!! Don't fall into that trap...
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Old Apr 10th 2016, 06:07 PM   #3
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  Oct 2009
  upstate ny

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Yeah i would do a little research on that one. *Are you having problems raising your deer on your feed now? *As you know...Takes more than just feed to raise big deer but feed will raise healthy deer.
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Old Apr 11th 2016, 04:30 AM   #4
 
  Dec 2010
  Sydney, Australia


What is the energy per pound comparison bwtween them? The appetite of deer is first to satisfy their energy requirements before their nutritional ones.
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Old Apr 11th 2016, 04:33 AM   #5
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  Oct 2011
  Columbia City, IN


I spoke with these guys, and with Todd Scarberry, whose been using it for 3 years now. He's done a controlled study with his own herd, and the proof of his does health after weaning fawns, and the size of his newest fawn crop has been pretty amazing.


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I never look for the next "magic bullet", but I'm trying it right now as we speak and I'll tell you why I'm doing it.....


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My feed is only about 500 a ton from ADM, I do add rolled soybeans, probiotics, and have used antler enhancement products in the past. I always grow nice deer, and my customers have always had nice deer out of my herd.


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So by using this as my replacement for the beans, probiotics, and antler enhancements, along with my ADM feed, cost wise it, it breaks even.


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So if I end up noticing, better overall health,*with less consumption*then I'll be on board 100%. I'll keep you posted as the year goes on.


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My ADM dealer did say this to me......" If it makes you feel better, I'll raise my prices"......lol.....but bottom line is, its gotten some good results from some local deer farmers with 2-3 year studies, and the price per pound/per deer will end up being a wash.......at my farm.


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My overall ratio will be about 20 lbs of mass production to about 50 lbs of ADM.
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Old Apr 11th 2016, 12:20 PM   #6
 
  Jun 2015
  Guston my
No I'm not having a issue with my feed now. I was just checking this feed out and was curious if anyone else had.
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Old Apr 12th 2016, 04:47 PM   #7
 
  Jan 2011
  Houston, Texas


They say with their feed consumption should be about 2 pounds per head per day.* Most people want their deer to increase consumption.* How many times have you heard people say their bucks eat 6-8 pounds per day?* Discussions on feed consumption boggle my mind...* Generally I would be worried about over eating if the food is well enough that they only need a couple pounds of feed a day if I was expecting them to be eating 4-6 but mine are only eating 2 at the moment.* However that said my deer have peaked the last 2 years around 3.5 pounds per head per day and last year with the absence of EHD my deer were literally jiggling with fat.* Yet the general assessment is that my feed isn't palatable.* So I'd literally have to go down to 1 pphpd to make feed at that price viable.
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Old Apr 13th 2016, 05:26 PM   #8
 
  Apr 2009
  Gillett WI


Our grain and pellet mix feed cost in low $300 per ton. We give free choice through bulk feeders. We produce 4-5 tons per day of fodder in 40x60 building grown in the dark. Fodder costs $100 per ton to produce. Head of nutrition at Cal State completed fodder study in 2014. General results from study*
l[*]Fodder appears to change the rumen dynamic. When used as a supplement, fodder increases the digestibility of all feeds.[*]Sprouted fodder based diets have higher IAFC(income after feed cost) than grain based diets.[*]Sprouted fodder makes milk healthier for human consumption by increasing the ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids. Grain tends to elevate omega 6 and fodder elevates omega 3.[*]Conversion rates suggested by dry matter tables appear to be incorrect (everyone who uses fodder knows this). “Comparable milk production was established with a 2 lbs of fodder to 1 lb of grain exchange.”[/list]
For complete results of study *http://nebula.wsimg.com/33c0820d8f7f...&alloworigin=1


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We are embarking on our 4th year using fodder with grain. We have raised some nice bucks in the process and found the super feed efficiency Cal State published helps in health and antler growth. Last year we had a handful of yearlings over 300 inches.


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