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Frequently Asked Questions

 
Q: What is the pellet TDN (Total Digestible Nutrients)?
A: Did you know there are over 10 different calculations for TDN? Each is used for a different type of commodity or blend. Instead of using calculations that can often lead to inaccurate numbers, we have back calculated the TDN based on actual feeding trial results and beef cattle performance. A representative number to use would be ~90. This is based on several public and private feeding trials over the course of the last 3 years. Very similar to corn or high quality forage like alfalfa. 

 

Q: What is the Net Energy Gain?
A: Similar to the question above, energy values are calculated based off of TDN.  Since lab values can often be inconsistent, we start from our known TDN value of ~90 as a basis. This gives us the following:
ME – 1.47 Mcals/lb
NEm – 1.01 Mcals/lb
NEg – 0.70 Mcals/lb

 

Q: What is the PDI (Pellet Durability Index)?
A: We design our pellets to minimize fines and still be palatable to the end species. Typically PDI is >92 and ~42#/cubic foot bulk density. This provides for good, solid truck loads that don’t cost you extra in freight as well as a pellet that can mix easily and maintain palatability with your current ration.

 

Q: What is the Cost of Gain?
A: The cost of gain will range anywhere from .30ish to .70ish cents per pound depending on how you’re feeding them. We encourage talks with your nutritionist to see how we can help you make more money and make your operation run a bit easier by using our pellets.

 

Q: How do I store the pellets?
A: The pellets need to be treated like corn. Put them in an overhead bin or a covered commodity shed. If left out on open ground they will take on moisture and swell. Pick them with a front end loader and mix them in your feed wagon like anything else. Some feeders dust them with a bit of lime if they hang up in bins but that’s usually not a problem. 

 

Q: How much do I feed?
A: Some feeders try a truck load and start with 2-4 pounds per head per day with a watchful eye then work their way up. Others will work with their nutritionist to see how to build a feeding program around the pellets as a base for more consistency in their cattle. We have consitently fed up to 85% of the total ration as pellets with no incidents of acidosis or other problems. Positive associative effects of the pellets with othercorn-based ration ingredients allow for feeders to push corn or concentrate further than they typically could. Give us a call and maybe we can help with some more suggestions.
 
Q: What is in the pellet?
A:  It’s like a diagonal slice of your ration.  Effective fiber, high quality protein, digestible fats and they’re naturally fortified. We use consistent ingredient sources for our pellets so the quality and performance are better than other places that might be looking for the cheapest ingredient. We use NIR (Near InfraRed) technology to test each load of inbound ingredient as well as each step of our processing so we know pellet one and pellet one million are the same. We have a patented Clean Feed Technology system that ensures the safety of the pellets you get. We design the pellet for performance, not just to meet a feed tag spec. 

 

Q: Is there urea in the pellet?
A: Yes, which some feeders look down on but the truth is that urea can be a good thing when you use it in a smart way.  We use urea as a performance enhancer and not as a cost hedge. There are benefits to ruminant animals in having vegetable based protein in combination with non-protein nitrogen. 

 

Q: How much ash is in your product?
A: The ash amount is controlled to <10%

 

Q: What is the NDFD (Neutral Detergent Fiber Digestibility)?
A: 80-85 based on our results from UNL (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) lab analysis

 

Q: Do you bag product?
A: Yes, we are pre-booking for the 2nd quarter of 2017 when our bagging lines are running.

 

Q: Do you make a finishing ration?
A: No, we make a finishing supplement. We do work with several nutritionist groups that we would be glad to recommend if you are looking for help in designing your feeding program.