Originally Posted by lakill Farm
Well time element is a factor. Switch between bale lifter and pulper and back, plus time to load and wash pulper and to pulp. max 15 mins x 2 a week. I can load beet off the trailer into the pulper or use a digger.
Ration & Silage v silage and beet price?
I was going to go with a ration, Silage and beet feed.
I'm new to this concept. Oh feeding molasses is €190 ton or 600litres approx
Interesting comments on previous thread here
"As a general guide, 5kg fodder beet can replace 1kg of barley or similar energy dry feed."
"€495 for 11ton of washed beet" = €45 / ton
I think rolled barley in my local mill is €4.90 for 20kg, so €49 for the equivalent feed value as beet... (Am sure you would get it cheaper in bulk)
Plus the cost of buying the pulper + time + diesel on top... doesn't seem worth it to me.
NOTE : This is assuming you still feed ration on top of the barley / beet, so no extra minerals or anything needed.
But this is all based on a 10 minute google - maybe that 5 to 1 ratio for barley isnt right?
There may be additional benefits to feeding beet? Ruemen benefits maybe? But, if you are feeding molasses anyway, then that to me would remove any additional benefits beet may offer...
That's my two cents... he says, in a very academic way, not knowing anything about cattle...
EDIT : Actually - rethinking this, you would need to do a lot more work of comparing like with like, down to calorific energy I guess? As was posted above - beet can be 20 - 40 / ton, you'd need to compare what each gives you against grain. So not sure my post is worth anything really... sorry Lakil...