The best yardstick for measuring performance in a beef breeding herd is kilos of calf weaned per cow bred. This fact, along with the demand for healthy, gain-ready feeder calved and prices being paid, is causing cow-calf operators to consider the immediate and residual benefits of creep feeding.
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Creep fed calves need special rations, since they are both in forced production and finishing. They are expected simultaneously to lay on fat and grow in protein tissues and skeleton.
For the first 3 to 5 days only about 100g of feed per calf should be placed in the feeders per day, any left over's should be cleaned out and given to the cows each day. After 5 to 7 days of hand feeding the creep ration can be left before the calves safely. When 3 to 4 weeks of age calves should be started on feed very gradually. Once they are on full feed never let the feeder run empty, and avoid sudden changes. During the first 30 days, they will consume about 500g per head per day. By the end of the fifth month they should be up to 4 Kg daily. Of cause with good pasture and plenty of milk these figures may be halved. Calves will consume approximately 225 kg of creep feed per head from one month of age to weaning. In years of lush pasture it will be less, in dry years more.
Steam rolled barley, bran, pollard, soybean meal, calcium magnesium carbonate (dolomite), salt and Castlereagh Feeds’ Vitamin & Mineral premix.