feed question

Discussion in 'Cattle' started by dcs13, Oct 23, 2004.

  1. dcs13

    dcs13 Member

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    I have 2 shorthorn bulls that were born early August. At what age should I introduce an early weaner/developer feed ?
     
  2. tinknal

    tinknal Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Need more info, are these guys on their mamas, or are they bottle calves? They been on grass? They getting any feed of any kind now?
     

  3. dcs13

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    they're still on momma. They have been grazing really well, but the pasture is getting bare. I need to move some hay in this week. I will move to another pasture that still has tall grass as soon as I can get some fencing done. I have been giving them a little feed and they like it very well.
     
  4. Jena

    Jena Well-Known Member

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    They don't need any feed, but then again, it depends on your goals for them. Creep feeding will make for a larger calf at weaning time, but by a year of age, creep fed calves catch up with non-creep fed calves. If you are selling at weaning, creep feed away. If you are keeping them, save the money.

    Jena
     
  5. Wanda

    Wanda Well-Known Member

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    Jena hit it on the nose. If you have decent milking cows the creep feeding of calves is more good to the owner than the calves :) If you are short on grass in the short term, you could feed a limited amount of feed to the group. The cows will hold condition and give a bit more milk and the calves will get a bit of grain also. It will make the cows and calves a lot easier to ''lead'' with a bucket also :cool:
    Mr Wanda
    Mike