What is Mix 30?
Mix 30 Liquid Feed is a “high energy” protein supplement created from a combination of corn and soy based co-products. This proprietary blend of ingredients results in a palatable, consistent, nutrient-rich product that supplies a judicious combination of both protein and energy for all ruminant diets. Most liquid fermentation co-products are lacking nutritionally, in one or more aspects, but this is where Mix 30 is different and superior to other supplements. Agridyne combines these ingredients in a manner that overcomes these inadequacies, and in doing so takes full advantage of each ingredient’s positive nutritional attributes. In addition to other ingredient’s nutritional inadequacies, these liquid fermentation co-products are also very inconsistent. Agridyne has solved this by employing large batch technology in its manufacturing process, effectively eliminating the variability inherent in each individual ingredient.
Mix 30 was developed as an alternative to traditional molasses liquid feed. Mix 30 is versatile and can be used successfully in a wide variety of feeding situations. Agridyne’s goal in developing Mix 30 was to produce a quality product that was palatable to the animal, economical to use and consistent and nutritionally superior to the individual ingredients on the market. Agridyne experimented and evaluated over 60 different combinations of the various ingredients that were on the market at the time. Eventually, the field was narrowed to two blends, and after extensive field trials, it was determined that blend #30 was the ideal ingredient combination. “Ideal”, as it provides a wide range of benefits in all segments of the cattle industry. The product was fittingly labeled “Mix 30” and the rest is history, but more importantly our customers continue to have success year after year with Mix 30.
Unlike other liquid feeds, which utilize crude protein from either “all natural” sources or extremely high non-protein nitrogen sources (NPN), Mix 30 incorporates a judicious combination of both natural and NPN protein from the individual ingredients. This unique combination results in protein from a variety of sources, which are more practical and efficient than one single source.
Mix 30 utilizes fermentation co-products from the production of starch from corn grain, which results in a very low level of starch. This low starch content makes it very desirable for use as a non-starch energy source in finishing rations, promoting lower ration starch levels and reducing the probability of rumen acidosis. The type of carbohydrates in Mix 30 are also ideal for ruminants on forage based rations, as it provides a compatible relationship between carbohydrate energy source and rumen forage microbes.
Another key component to the Mix 30 blend is the addition of a unique vegetable fat. Fat contains 2.25 times more energy than carbohydrates, so our product is an excellent source of energy. The 10% fat level in Mix 30 can meet the optimum dietary level for fat when used as a ration conditioner. Another key management point is that producers do not have to worry about the vegetable fat in Mix 30 becoming rancid, as with other fat sources. In addition, the type of fat in Mix 30 has been shown to play an important role in reproduction and immune function.
Minerals And Vitamins
Mix 30 is fortified with AqTrition trace minerals and vitamins. We use a patented process where AqTrition trace minerals are reacted with organic acids. This results in mineral elements with extremely high bioavailability and complete water solubility. AqTrition trace minerals and vitamins will not settle out and will remain completely dispersed throughout the feed. The development of Mix 30 was a major break through for the feeding industry, as it provided a high quality alternative to the traditional molasses based liquid feed. With Mix 30, Agridyne has achieved its goal of supplying the feed industry with a versatile, economical, palatable, consistent and nutritionally sound product that can be used in a wide variety of feeding situations.
Mix 30 Applications
Mix 30 is specifically designed as an alternative to the more common molasses based liquid feeds and is made entirely from corn and/or soy co-products, including corn or soy fat. This unique combination of ingredients results in a palatable, consistent, nutrient-rich product that supplies a prudent combination of protein and energy.
Because of its unique design, Mix 30 can be utilized in a wide variety of feeding situations and in the diet of all ruminants.
Mix 30 can be fed free choice or mixed into a grain ration. Cattlemen find that the high energy of Mix 30 keeps cows in optimum condition and increases calf weight gain, especially as forage quality decreases. Mix 30 is low in starch and sugar making, so it is an excellent addition to any forage-based diet. Unlike other liquid feeds that contain high levels of urea, Mix 30 is safe to feed in open top tubs or tanks without fear of digestive issues. In addition, the fat in Mix 30 provides a concentrated source of linoleic fatty acid, an important nutrient in beef cow nutrition. Producers feeding Mix 30 can expect intakes of 1 to 4 pounds/head/day depending on body condition and forage conditions.
Mix 30 can be fed free choice to calves that are grazing grass or legumes. Mix 30 enhances the performance of cattle on both high and low quality forages. Plus, on poor quality forages, Mix 30 supplies additional forms of protein as well as additional energy to meet rumen fermentation requirements. Mix 30 is also beneficial on high quality forages as most high quality forages contain excess protein in relation to the amount of energy they contain. Mix 30 can help correct this protein/energy imbalance, supplying the additional energy necessary for the utilization of the excess protein. Another key point is that Mix 30 helps alleviate the bloat problems that are typically associated with grazing lush wheat pasture. Typical intakes of Mix 30 on grass cattle are from 1/2 to 3 pounds/head/day.
Starting and growing cattle rations will benefit from the addition of Mix 30 at levels of up to 25%. Similar to the beef cow diet, Mix 30 provides an economical source of protein and energy for supplementing starting and growing cattle on high forage diets. Mix 30 enhances ration palatability, which contributes to higher feed intakes. Typical inclusion rates of Mix 30 are 1/2 to 4 pounds/head/day depending on the composition of the background ration.
Mix 30 was originally developed for feedlots, providing a proven and economical means of supplementing protein and energy into the diet, while simultaneously serving as a ration conditioner. In dry rations, Mix 30 helps to adhere the ingredients together to prevent feed bunk separation. The 10% fat level in Mix 30 can meet the optimum dietary fat level when used in a high concentrate ration. Mix 30 utilizes vegetable fat, so there is no fear of rancidity as seen with animal fats. Mix 30 also contains ammonium chloride, which is often used in feedlot rations. Mix 30 is typically mixed into a ration at 1 to 3 pounds/head/day.
Mix 30 is also beneficial to calves. It can be fed as a creep feed to supplement the cow’s milk when necessary. In many situations, calves are fed Mix 30 before weaning and then after they are weaned. cow/calf operators consider it a crucial part of the ration, as one of the biggest advantages is that calves stay on feed. They are familiar with the taste of Mix 30 and continue to eat during the normal lag or off-feed period that typically occurs during this stressful time. Producers can expect intakes of 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds/head/day in creep situations.
Dairies can utilize Mix 30 in every phase of production.
Mix 30 can be used as an energy dense nutrient source for bucket calves. It is typically added directly into the milk or milk replacer at a rate of 5 to 10%.
Heifer and Bull Development
Similar to starting and growing rations, Mix 30 provides an economical source of protein and energy for developing dairy cattle. Mix 30 enhances ration palatability, which contributes to higher intake and fewer health problems.
In the lactating cow ration, Mix 30 can be fed as a protein and carbohydrate source, while simultaneously serve as a ration conditioner. Mix 30 also provides a concentrated source of linoleic fatty acid. Mix 30 should be included at 1 to 5 pounds/head/day.
Mix 30 provides a palatable source of ammonium chloride to the diet for a close-up cow ration. At the same time, Mix 30 will supply a concentrated source of energy to prepare the cow for freshening.
Sheep, Goats, Bison and Deer
MIX 30 is very versatile product and that makes it also a convenient product to use for producers of all ruminants, including, sheep, goats, bison and deer. It can be fed free choice or mixed into rations of any ruminant. These other species benefit from the nutritional aspects of MIX 30, which is often lacking in their normal diets. In addition, MIX 30 contains ammonium chloride, a key mineral often added to sheep and goat rations to help prevent urinary calculi.
Pellets and Cubes
MIX 30 can be used in the pellet or cubing process at rates of 3 to 15% to improve nutrient content and enhance pellet and cube quality. In addition, the fat in MIX 30 helps reduce friction in the processing, which reduces the electrical power requirements, coupled with less wear and tear on equipment.
Mix 30 Equipment
Agridyne does not typically buy and sell storage and feeding equipment. However, we do maintain a few storage tanks at some locations. In addition, we keep working relationships with several suppliers throughout the country. Please contact Agridyne for a supplier near you or to check on equipment availability.
The following represents a small sampling of the various methods for feeding and storing Mix 30:
Open Top Containers
- Agridyne recommends the use of open top containers for feeding MIX 30.
- These containers can be purchased at any farm store or from national suppliers.
- These containers come in many capacities to best fit your needs.
Lick Wheel Feeders
- These feeders come in two (2) and four (4) wheel models.
- They are typically built of heavy-duty polyethylene.
- Lick wheel feeders are available nationwide from a number of suppliers or can be purchased locally.
Intermediate Bulk Containers – “IBC Totes”
- These are excellent containers for handling small quantities of MIX 30.
- Totes can be used for storage and/or delivering MIX 30 to your feeders.
- Totes typically come in 275-gallon capacity (40″ W x 48″ D x 46″H) and have a 2″ discharge valve at the base with a 6″ fill hole on top.
- Totes are forklift compatible and come with your choice of a plastic, wood, or steel pallet.
Storage Tank – Typical Setup
- Recommended tank capacity of 6,000 gallons (can be a single tank or two (2) 3,000 gallon tanks)
- Steel, poly, and fiberglass tanks are all suitable for storing MIX 30.
- We do not typically keep storage tanks for resale, however we do maintain relationships with tank
- Call for storage tank prices and availability.
- Click here to download a detailed diagram showing both top and side views (PDF).