Creep Feeding Beef Calves

Jun 15, 2020


Hot, dry weather during the summer and early fall months can reduce forage quality and decrease calf gains. Creep feeding can be a profitable addition in the summer by providing cost-effective calf gains, extending your forage, reducing cow stress and weight loss, and improving low reproduction.
 
When choosing the right feed to use in the summer, consider what nutrients your calves need in order to maximize their genetic potential and what nutrients are available to them. Calves need 14- to 16-percent protein along with adequate energy, minerals, and vitamins to maximize their structural growth. You need to choose a feed that will meet those needs. Forages at this time of year are usually low in protein, energy, vitamins, and minerals. While corn is an excellent energy source, it will not provide adequate amounts of protein, minerals, and vitamins — only fat.
 
Co-op has several feeds that can meet the protein, energy, and nutrient needs of your calves, including Co-op Calf Primer I with Rumensin, Co-op 14% Select Hi-E with Rumensin, and Co-op Cattle Prep pellets with Rumensin.
 
Plus, your local Co-op offers several types of creep feeders, both portable and stationary styles. Talk to your Co-op livestock specialist for more information on the returns you can gain from creep feeding your calves.
 

Read More News

Sep 26,2022
Meat goats are a growing livestock enterprise in many parts of the United States today. It is important to understand key aspects of meat goat management when deciding to get into the business. We will discuss nutrition, breeding, health, and other management concerns in this week’s blog.
 
Sep 19,2022
Nutritional diseases can be caused by specific nutrient deficiencies, excesses or imbalances, or by metabolic disturbances. Nutritional diseases in sheep are, for the most part, the same as those seen in goats.
 
Sep 12,2022
From two weeks old, lambs should have access to creep feed. Where pasture is limited, they should be creep-fed for one to two months until adequate forages are available. If pasture will not be available until the lambs are three to four months old, they can be finished in a dry lot.