Nutrition and Feeds for Growing   Finishing Cattle

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Nutrition and Feeds for Growing Finishing Cattle

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1. Nutrition and Feeds for Growing – Finishing Cattle Starting calves on feed: 1. Provide sufficient bunk space for all calves to get to bunk (i.e. 18-24”) 2. Better to give dry feed before water, especially if long haul 3. If not preconditioned

3. Nutrition and Feeds for Growing – Finishing Cattle Starting yearlings on feed: Much easier than starting calves Day 1 – hay or corn silage 2 – about 4 lb. corn plus hay or corn silage to appetite – increase corn about 1 lb. every other day and lower hay or corn silage accordingly – continue to desired C:R

4. Nutrition and Feeds for Growing – Finishing Cattle Feeding programs:

5. Performance of yearling steers fed ad libitum levels of energy

6. Performance of steer calves fed ad libitum levels of energy

7. Nutrition and Feeds for Growing – Finishing Cattle An ideal feed for feedlot cattle is ground whole ear corn Coproducts can be used up to 40-50% of the ration without detrimental effects on performance Feeding calves vs. yearlings

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