13mo bull...402lb gain?

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we just worked the heard/ we goofed and waited 8 mo's between workings. The bull calve in question gained 402 lb in 8 mo's (he's now 21 mo's.) Feeding 1-2% body weight w/14-16% protien (corn & beef supplement). Since I'm a green horn...is this an unusually high weight gain? Also am I feeding too much/ what is an aggressive amount of feed? (using no fillers such as cotton seed hulls or hay in the corn- just quality ground corn and supplement) For what it's worth the heard is registered black angus.
 
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Divide the number of days by the weight gain...ADG (average daily gain). My calculations come up with about 1.7 ADG.

I may be wrong, but that doesn't sound too impressive to me. I mostly deal with calves though and I'm sure the rate of gain slows down with age.

You need to feed this guy some roughage. Cattle need at least .05% BW of roughage to keep their rumen functioning properly. "Fillers" are there for a reason.

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> Divide the number of days by the
> weight gain...ADG (average daily
> gain). My calculations come up
> with about 1.7 ADG.

> I may be wrong, but that doesn't
> sound too impressive to me. I
> mostly deal with calves though and
> I'm sure the rate of gain slows
> down with age.

> You need to feed this guy some
> roughage. Cattle need at least
> .05% BW of roughage to keep their
> rumen functioning properly.
> "Fillers" are there for
> a reason. Thanks for the response jena/ aren't they getting all the roughage they need through the hay ring?
 
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I'm sorry. I must have misunderstood your first post. I thought you were just feeding him corn and supplement. If you have hay out for them, then they should be fine!

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> I'm sorry. I must have
> misunderstood your first post. I
> thought you were just feeding him
> corn and supplement. If you have
> hay out for them, then they should
> be fine! Thanks again jena, no you didn't misunderstand/ i didn't specify/ state we are feeding hay via round bales and rings. thanks for pointing that out!
 

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