on Friday, August 3, 2018
I'm Brandt Willer from Mexico, Missouri. We're in the central part of the United States. We're in Donald Trump land. And we're proud American farmers. We feed cattle for a living, along with row crops. We're on a 200-acre farm here. Where besides cutting a 30-acre silage field, it's all grass and a rotational system along with the lots where we're feeding the cattle. We've got the Jay-Lor 5425 mixer that we just purchased back in November. That was an upgrade from our previous mixer, which was actually a 4575, which was bigger, whereas this one's got a few added features to it. The new screw in the middle of it, which I like personally. It just does a better job of consistently mixing the feedstuffs that we're feeding. And we're feeding a mix of fescue hay. We're mixing corn silage that was about 160 bushel corn, and we're putting wet distllers grain from the local ethanol plant. And then when we finish doing that, we top it off with about two and a half pounds of quality liquid feed per head per day. We really like the mixer. It does a fabulous job. You get to run it on lower RPMs. You don't need a bigger tractor. A 75 horsepower tractor will run that mixer. You don't have to go out and buy a brand-new tractor with 150 horsepower. You can do it with the tractors you feed hay with.
The consistency, the cattle don't pick through it. They're eating what's in front of them. They're not sifting through trying to find the corn or the goody goody. They're getting it all. I'm really happy with the mixer, the consistency. It really cuts down the time in feeding. A lot of people think that you have the mixer, you've got extra expenses in it, you've got another tractor to use. Well, you're still feeding hay. You're feeding hay in the bell rings. They waste hay around there. You put them in the bunks here, they clean it up, there's nothing left. They're getting a complete feed with tested a complete ration, and they're really happy with the consistency of the ration, the uniformity of it, the moisture. Everything was really good. The energy levels were really high. We know we're getting a good mix with the mixer and our rations is the stools that are coming out of the cattle. They're good, uniform stools, pancake-style. They're not too runny, not too hard. You can tell that they're getting what they need and they're doing good.