Creep feed vs Calf grower

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Creep feed vs Calf grower

Post by MurraysMutts » Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:09 am

Ok so, my lil bottle heifer has been on creep and hay for a couple months now. No milk.
What I'm wondering is this...
The creep feed is 14% pellets
The calf grower is 12% textured. Like a sweet feed with other stuff in it I guess. Grains and such.

I think im decieved by the word GROWER in calf grower.
That's exactly what I want her to do is grow.
So what I've started doing is giving her half grower and half creep. 1 and a 1/2 pounds each. For about 3 pounds total. Twice a day. So 6 pounds daily.

Shes doing well enough I guess. But what would u guys do? Is the grower really going to make her grow any better than the creep? I know they both have a place but I guess I dont have enough information to make a decision as to which would be best...

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Shes on the right. Twin sis on left.
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Re: Creep feed vs Calf grower

Post by ccr » Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:23 pm

Murray, i think that's a good question. wondered myself about the two feeds which i have fed. the textured feed sometimes has bugs in the summer and in the winter gets hard and has to be broke up. the pellets are easier to feed for us.

hopefully someone will chime in with some good advice.
i know as much about this as anything else i don't know much about
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Re: Creep feed vs Calf grower

Post by Stocker Steve » Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:05 pm

Textured stuff with molasses is just to get them started quicker on dry feed. It absorbs moisture easily, and spoils easily, and usually costs more. So switch to pellets or a ground grain mix as soon as you can.

In a perfect world - - you would test your hay to formulate a supplement that would allow you to hit the targeted average daily gain.
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Re: Creep feed vs Calf grower

Post by greggy » Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:22 am

They sell 2 types here......starter....and grower.....

Both are pellets....

18% protien for starter....16 for grower....

So I just give them starter....or if out of stock....grower....

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Re: Creep feed vs Calf grower

Post by MurraysMutts » Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:43 pm

So the protein content concerns me as well.
One would think the higher protein feeds would make em grow better as well. I'm gonna stick with the dry feed from here out after this stuff is fed out.
Am I gonna do any harm feeding a bit more than recommended?
I guess I domt know what I want my ADG to be. Just want to make sure shes got plenty and grows good and healthy. Seems to be doing ok, but I'd like to see her fatter i guess.
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Re: Creep feed vs Calf grower

Post by greggy » Fri Jan 31, 2020 4:43 pm

I checked packets....

Starter is..... 20% protein and 12Mj energy

Grower is 18% protein and 12Mj energy

To put on weight you need energy in that range or above, prob do not need 20% protein, milk is about 18 from memory.....

Will see if I can PM the info, anyway, till about the same age as they would naturally wean is when I would be using higher protein.....

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Re: Creep feed vs Calf grower

Post by MurraysMutts » Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:36 pm

Her sister will be weaned end of the month.
Wonder if I can cut the feed down at that time?
I mean I'm not gonna go broke feeding her, so I'll probly keep on for some time.
They will be 6 months old mid February
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