Over feeding calves is likely the number one killer of calves by causing scours. If yours are thriving and not scouring, you must be doing something right. often, people over feed milk and cause scours. By the time they get advice and buy medication, and electrolytes, the calf is critical or dead.Just wondering if you can feed your calfs to much. My hubbie thinks i am feeding mine to much. They are little butterballs. They were weened at about 10 weeks.
The "fat" look shouldn't fool you nor your hubby as far as the size of their bellies are concerned. A big rumen doesn't equate to level of fatness--level of fatness across the ribs, spine and pelvis is the best indicator to really see if your calves are like butterballs or not. If you can still see/feel the pelvis--the hooks and pins, if you will--but they are not so sharply outlined, then they are in good shape. If you can't see nor feel the pelvis, then they are indeed fat.Ok,they aren't on milk. I have two and their three months old. I feed them a bucket of feed a day shared between both and access to hay free will. They look good and have nice round bellies. Their bowls are good. I guess we were used to the look on sale barn calfs. We got these to from the feed lot right at birth. Fed them colostrum First couple of days.
I try to feed 1% of a calf's body weight per day of 16% protein grain mix for calves that size along with all of the better quality hay they can eat. I want them growing frame and muscle but no need for them to be overly fat.Ok,they aren't on milk. I have two and their three months old. I feed them a bucket of feed a day shared between both and access to hay free will. They look good and have nice round bellies. Their bowls are good. I guess we were used to the look on sale barn calfs. We got these to from the feed lot right at birth. Fed them colostrum First couple of days.
I can't tell you if it's more than enough without seeing them (have any pictures to share?) and knowing what their weight, breed and even sexes are, or even knowing what kind of feed you're feeding them.I think its probably an eight quart. Is that enough
percentage = proteinMy son in law brought me some creep that was pretty much powdered. I feed them that first and then put them on the small pelleted creep and calf starter. Now they get sweet feed. I noticed they have 12% and 16% what does the percentage mean.
The chickens dont bother me, but they are awfully potbellied and unthrifty in appearence.I keep looking at the pics of these 2 calves. I cannot come to a conclusion as to what bothers me with the appearance. These calves just do not look thrifty to me. I do not like the poultry sharing the pen with the calves. The overly large gut on these animals does not reflect the quality of feed they are getting. I know it is Winter and long hair coats are expected but the hair seems overly coarse. If they were mine I would worm them ASAP just in case they have a parasite load.