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Offline Old Hawkins Farm

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Adding Depth to Heifer
« on: July 06, 2018, 06:27:26 AM »
I have had alot of trouble adding depth to my angus heifer. She is 1 year 9 mo. and is eating 25 lbs. of Performance Livestock Extra Calf, a cotton seed/corn/pellet mix with bovatec, 3 lbs. of alfalfa pellets, 1 lb. of Winning Fill, 8 oz. of show bloom, and .5 lb. of Champion Drive. She is also on pasture with a flake of hay. Is there any way (other than genetics haha) to add depth to her? Included is a picture taken July 5th, 2018 before she ate. Any help is appreciated! Thanks and good luck with all of your animals!

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Re: Adding Depth to Heifer
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2018, 12:14:46 PM »
We have fed out some steers and heifers that have had success in the show ring and I dont believe I fed our steer that much grain.  I think the key is for the body to absorb the nutrients without it losing it on the ground.

I could be way off base, but you could cut back to 16-18 lbs of feed and add some beet pulp, along with cottonseed hull. 

Its probably time to breed her and fat deposits will not help in breeding or calving.   A healthy productive heifer is what the judge wants.  Again, its only my opinion.

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Re: Adding Depth to Heifer
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2018, 09:54:50 PM »
If you want depth, ditch the alfalfa pellets and pasture. Keep stemmy ,1st cutting , palatable hay in front of her all the time, along with the 25#/day feed. Is her stool firm or loose?
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Re: Adding Depth to Heifer
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2018, 12:55:30 AM »
If you want depth, ditch the alfalfa pellets and pasture. Keep stemmy ,1st cutting , palatable hay in front of her all the time, along with the 25#/day feed. Is her stool firm or loose?

Its fairly firm, wouldnt say its loose at all, but not horse poop firm either - basically healthy.

 

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