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Steam Rolled vs. Dry Rolled Barley

Ten Light yearling steers were allotted into two lots, each with a self-feeder and automatic waterer. One lot was stared on steam rolled barley and crested wheatgrass hay, and the other lot received the same amount of dry rolled barley and hay. Both lots received 1 pound per head daily of vitamin and mineral supplement. Grain was increased very slowly for 20 days, then faster for 10 days after which the self-feeders were filled. Hay and a small amount of soybean meal were fed for 30 days only. On the 28th day of the trial, one steer in the steam rolled lot went off feed, did not return to feed for 12 days, so was removed from the lot. No other feeding difficulty was encountered. The results are summarized in Table 11.

Table 11. Rolled Barley Self-fed to Steers
  Steam Rolled Barley Dry Rolled Barley
No. of Steers 4 5
Initial Wt. 551 557
Final Wt. 970 930
Av. Daily Gain 2.31 2.06
Days on Feed 181 181
Daily Ration:
Barley 14.4 13.9
Vit. & Min. Supp. 1.0 1.0
Soybean Meal .06 .06
Crested Wht. Hay 1.33 1.31
Feed/100 Gain:
Barley 624 676
Vit. & Min. Supp. 43 49
Crested Wht. Hay 57 64
Soybean Meal 2.5 2.8
Feed Cost/100 Gain $12.53 $12.62
Selling Price 22.60 22.60
Return above Feed/Hd if - yearlings had cost $.25/Lb. 28.97 23.86
Feed prices same as in preceding table. Dry-rolled barley priced at $1.55/Cwt.

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