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Missouri's Choice

Missouri’s Choice is a starter/grower pellet made from locally-grown forages (grasses, clovers and alfalfa), processed grain by-products, grain products and plant protein products fortified with calcium, salt, trace minerals (cobalt, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, selenium and zinc) and vitamins A, D and E.  A citric acid fermentation biomass is included for stress alleviation in weaning and receiving cattle and digestive stimulation in growing cattle.  These microbials assist in the utilization of both fiber and starch, creating a favorable performance response at both high and low roughage intakes.  The net energy available for gain (NEg) from this product is 0.51 mcal/lb, which is two to three times higher than most hays, two times higher than early season pasture grasses, or three times higher than late season grasses.

Missouri’s Choice may be fed free-choice or hand-fed at 1 to 2 lb. per 100 lb. of bodyweight for beef cattle or dairy replacements in all phases of growth.  It can be used as a creep feed, weaning or receiving feed, or growing feed, and should be fed with roughage at a level to achieve the desired rate of gain.  The table below outlines its utility in a range of applications. Actual results may vary depending upon genetics, feed quality, feeding management, and supportive health protocols. 

    Roughage Source Missouri's Choice Pellet Intake Projected Rate of Gain, lb.
Creep feeding calves 90 - 120 days before weaning Vegetative Pasture 3-4 lb/calf/day Additional 0.3 lb.
Dormant pasture 7-9 lb/calf/day Additional 0.6 lb.
Preconditioning or backgrounding calves* 450 - 750 lb. bodyweight Grass hay/pasture 1-2 lb per 100 lb of bodywt 1.5  –  2.2
Corn silage 1-2 lb per 100 lb of bodywt 2.3  –  2.5
Receiving yearlings* 750 - 800 lb. bodyweight Grass hay/pasture 1-2 lb per 100 lb of bodywt 1.6  –  2.3
Corn silage 1-2 lb per 100 lb of bodywt 2.4  –  2.6

*Free-choice feeding of this pellet to preconditioning or backgrounding calves weighing 450-750 lb., or receiving yearlings weighing 750-800 lb., will result in a daily gain of approximately 2.6 lb.  In both cases, cattle should also have free-choice access to grass hay or pasture.

Missouri’s Choice was developed to provide a lower cost yet effective and safe way to start cattle.  Soy hulls, which are used extensively in competitive feeds of this type, provide very little assurance of safety.  Although soy hulls are relatively high in fiber, they impart virtually no roughage or “scratch” effect, which is crucial to rumen health.  The following table shows our guaranteed analysis, and the ingredients from which Missouri’s Choice is made.

Crude protein, minimum 13% Roughage Products, Processed Grain By-Products, Grain Products, Ground Alfalfa Hay, Plant Protein Products, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Dried Citric Acid Fermentation Solids with Solubles, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Cobalt Carbonate, Copper Sulfate, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Ferrous Carbonate, Manganous Oxide, Sodium Selenite, and Zinc Oxide.
Crude fat, minimum 3.5%
Crude fiber, maximum 15.00%
Calcium (Ca), minimum 0.75%
Calcium (Ca), maximum 1.25%
Phosphorus (P), minimum 0.40%
Salt (NaCl), minimum 1.00%
Salt (NaCl), maximum 1.50%
Potassium (K), minimum 1.00%
Vitamin A, minimum 6000 IU/lb
Vitamin D3, minimum 600 IU/lb
Vitamin E, minimum 50 IU/lb

To assure your satisfaction with this product, Show Me Energy Cooperative has available ration formulation, profit projection, and performance monitoring services to help you further develop your feeding and management skills and improve the profitability of your cattle feeding operation.  Contact us for additional information.

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