Feed Lot

AUG 2018

Feedlots and cow/calf operations in the beef industry who feed 500 or more has annually on grains and concentrates; maintain 500 or more beef cows; backgrounder, stocker/grower, preconditioner; veterinarian, nutritionist, consultant

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20 FEED•LOT August 2018 sold, so each producer must ana- lyze those economics in their own herd. When choosing to creep feed calves, the producer needs to keep in mind the price slide on calves, as they will be marketing a heavier animal. In closing, don't assume creep feeding fits each operation. Rather, you should evaluate the decision critically, keep the pitfalls in mind, and carefully evaluate the economics when making the deci- sion to creep feed. For additional information, visit www. gplc-inc.com FL The take away from this data is to not creep feed replacement heifers, and if you must do so, limit feed intake of a high protein (14- 16%) creep feed to avoid developing fat in the udder. Steers can also be over fattened, so extra care needs to be taken to monitor intake and to make sure the creep being used does not contain a large amount of grain. Besides negatively impacting heifer productivity, if calves are over fattened feedlot performance can also be reduced. A major benefit of creep feed- ing is easing the weaning stress of home raised calves. It appears that calves who learn to consume concentrate feedstuffs prior to weaning, wean easier and start on feed more quickly. If creep feeders are used, with a limiter, simply pull the feeder in with calves for the first 5-7 days of weaning, and then begin adapting the cattle to the bunk. This method allows the calf to consume needed energy and protein during the stressful period and may reduce some health prob- lems. It is suggested to place creep feeders 30 days prior to weaning to acclimate calves to feed and to encourage rea- sonable feed consumption. The ultimate decision to creep feed needs to be based on economics. We'll use the following assumptions: 7:1 feed conversion, $250/ton creep feed, $1.80/lb for a 600 lb calf. Based on these assump- tions, it will cost $0.88/lb of gain to feed creep, so each lb of creep consumption will save you $0.92/lb on overhead and yardage. This calculation does not take into account the labor, equipment and potential marketing (overfat cattle) problems potentially associ- ated with creep feed or the increase in profit due to more pounds of calf COW/CALF CORNER Call 800.466.1146 today or visit AgLoan.com A part of the Farm Credit System. Equal Opportunity Lender. We see things from the ground up, all of the small details that go into the big picture of ranching. Because agriculture is what we know, it's all we do. AG I S O U R M I D D L E N A M E Dan Larson and Jordan Burhoop, authors Creep Feeding... from previous page

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