As we look ahead towards the fall season, we recognize that along with fall comes an increase in activity for our friends, the deer population. Many farmers feed their deer throughout the year, and those interested in the hunting season often look for ways to lure in the animals.
Roast-A-Matic wanted to share some tips with you on feeding deer and how to keep them coming back. President, Joel Stauffer, shares more about why roasting soybeans for deer are so important and how you can get started doing so this season.
What’s wrong with feeding raw soybeans to deer?
Sure, deer can eat raw soybeans, but roasted soybeans are much more appealing to them.
Raw soybeans have a lot of soluble protein. Soluble protein is already abundantly available to the deer, and they can get that through the grasses and other various foods that they regularly consume. This means that soybeans are a particular interest to deer.
Additionally, when you’re feeding raw soybeans to deer for hunting, the pile tends to get mushy rather quickly. If it rains or it gets damp, the beans will turn rancid fast and will rot or spoil.
Benefits of roasting soybeans
When you take the time to roast the soybeans, the benefit from that is you get a harder soybean so it lasts longer on the pile if you’re using it to feed as a hunting attractant.
In addition to harder exteriors, roasted soybeans also have a more attractive aroma to deer. These beans smell like roasted peanuts and also have that roasted peanut taste.
So the deer love the smell, love the taste, and it’ll draw them in for your hunt! We also get pasteurization when soybeans get roasted, a process that kills molds and toxins that are in the soybeans, helping to keep your deer healthy. If you continue to feed deer roasted soybeans all year long, you will in turn help produce healthier herds.
So if you want to get bigger racks and healthier deer, keep feeding the soybeans to them all year long. Going back to the raw soybeans having soluble protein, opposite of that, the roasted soybean has a lot of bypass protein. Bypass protein is what is digested in the intestinal tract and this is where a deer pushes its rack. This is where the mothers push their milk.
Roasted soybeans in action
So take, for example, a doe that has a fawn. You’re feeding that mother roasted soybeans and the fawn has much more milk readily available for them. Now, you have a healthier fawn which will lead into a healthier adult and doing this will help your deer meet their genetic potential. Genetic potential cannot be reached if you have a sickly animal.
The other big benefit with feeding roasted soybeans to deer is the rack. So if you have that healthy deer, the buck has a certain amount of days that they will grow a rack in. If you start late, you lose some time of growth, which again, leads to smaller racks. To get that big rack, keep feeding them roasted soybeans all year long.
What do we offer for you here at Schnupp’s Grain Roasting?
We offer you 40 years of reliable, quality service. We’ve been building these roasters since the eighties, and we know the machines inside and out.
So technical support wise, we’re there for you. You can call us, and our technicians can walk you through the problem and get you operating rather quickly again.
The other unique aspect of the roastamatic is that it is a flame roaster. So the product actually drops through the flame. In doing this, we give you a product that we call flame kissed grain. That is where you get your aroma and flavor that you’re looking for by passing that through the flame. It’s kind of like doing your steak on a grill. It just adds flavor with the flame kissed.
Additionally, we offer you versatility. Our units come on a single axle or a double axle frame where you can move the machine inside and out. As you need to roast, you can pull it out. When you’re done, you can put it back into your shed or wherever you park it. That will give you a longer lasting machine. It’s not going to sit out in the weather and deteriorate. Also, we offer four different sizes. We have a model 50, which does a ton and a half per hour, a model 200 that does five ton per hour, a model 400 that does 12 ton per hour and a model 800 that does 20 ton per hour.
Roasting soybeans and more
One final tip for you is don’t just stop with the roasted soybean. Look into roasted corn, roasted barley, roasted oats, roasted peanuts, and more. They all add aroma and flavor to your feeds which will be an attractant that the deer can’t resist.
Our team would love to talk with you! You can call us today at 717- 865-6611 or contact our team here!