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Offline XxSaltLife95xX

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« on: January 10, 2019, 10:30:51 PM »
I have a steer that needs more fat. What supplements or product(s) should I use to add more fat.  I have  TWO months to add fat. Is it too late???

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Re: FAT
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2019, 11:25:01 PM »
Not to late. Stabilized rice bran is a favorite.
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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2019, 12:52:32 AM »
We've been useing Chubby from Stand Alone feed and really like it. Saw a noticeable difference in a couple of weeks but all supplements 30-45 days is probable required to get what your looking for. Going old school a couple of pounds of cooked barley will fatten a calf up in 30 days. It will really blow out their tops. We still go back to it in a pinch. One other thing people don't do enough of is add corn to your ration. Not all these complete feeds are complete. God made corn for the 4th of July and show cattle.
Living at almost 8000 feet of elevation I've needed to learn lots of tricks.

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Re: FAT
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2019, 03:10:29 AM »
We've been useing Chubby from Stand Alone feed and really like it. Saw a noticeable difference in a couple of weeks but all supplements 30-45 days is probable required to get what your looking for. Going old school a couple of pounds of cooked barley will fatten a calf up in 30 days. It will really blow out their tops. We still go back to it in a pinch. One other thing people don't do enough of is add corn to your ration. Not all these complete feeds are complete. God made corn for the 4th of July and show cattle.
Living at almost 8000 feet of elevation I've needed to learn lots of tricks.

What exactly is cooked barley? How do you cook it before use? Is it similiar to roasting soybeans?

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Re: FAT
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2019, 03:22:44 AM »
Take 1-2 pounds of whole feed barley and put it in a crock pot, fill with water and let it cook for about 12 hours. So if you you mix your feed in the AM start a new batch for the PM feeding. You may need to adjust the amount of water or barley to get a good cook on it. It should swell and be fully soft or cooked. Only trick I have found is you need to eat breakfast first cause it does smell yummy on cold winter days. Lots of the old timers would also cook whole corn to get the same effect but I found barley does a faster job of putting fat and top in a calf.

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Re: FAT
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2019, 10:29:21 PM »
I second the Stabilized Rice Bran (SRB), start them off at 1/2 pound a feeding work up to a pound a feeding over the first week. It will put a smooth layer of cover on one. I have not had it effect one yet as far as eating or upsetting their digestion track. Along with adding fat it also helps with the hair as far as adding a sheen and healthy hide.

It will cost you about $75 for the 2 months feeding SRB in the meal form, $120 pellet

$170 for the chubby
« Last Edit: January 11, 2019, 10:45:09 PM by vc »

 

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