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Feeding protein to calves

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:33 am
by Chris
I'm considering feeding this years calves protein via a creep feeder. I would appreciate any information or advice on the what to feed and when. What kind of gain can I expect.
Also thinking about implants,any advice?

Re: Feeding protein to calves

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:01 am
by Aaron
Whole oats are always a safe feed for calves.

Re: Feeding protein to calves

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:04 pm
by Allenw
I've thought about setting up a creep pen and using protein blocks for late summer supplementation for calves before weaning.

Re: Feeding protein to calves

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:25 pm
by Son of Butch
Purina Rangeland calf creep 14% protein, medicated with bovatec, paid $200 ton bagged and delivered last fall.
We're located near a Purina plant that mixes it. Some in central Texas said it was over $300 ton in their area.
Ral-Gro is still on manufacturer back order around here.
Where are you located Chris?

Re: Feeding protein to calves

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:17 pm
by TexasBred
What is approximate weight on these calves and how old are they?? Where are you located??

Re: Feeding protein to calves

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:23 pm
by Chris
Mixed weights from 100-400#s

Re: Feeding protein to calves

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:33 pm
by TexasBred
Chris wrote:Mixed weights from 100-400#s

I assume you'll be buying bagged feed. Really doesn't matter that much who makes it but see if you can find one with Bovatec or Rumensin(Monensin) with 12-14% crude protein and a crude fiber level of no more than 10%. This will insure that they haven't loaded it up with junk filler and even if contains a lot of by-products at least they are digestible.

Re: Feeding protein to calves

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:55 am
by Chris
That sounds like good advice.
Thanks

Re: Feeding protein to calves

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:25 am
by Son of Butch
Chris wrote:I'm considering feeding this years calves protein via a creep feeder. What kind of gain can I expect?

I would imagine it depends on a variety of factors including how much milk cow is supplying, but saw a feeding trial by
Purina claiming 1/4 lb per day advantage... 2.55 lbs day with Purina creep vs 2.3 lbs day with generic creep mix
(22.5 pounds more after 90 days)

p.s.
I don't know any of the details of the feeding trial.... just that Purina was bragging