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Need Help with Heifer Developer Ration
« on: August 08, 2010, 09:12:14 AM »
We have 4 yearling heifers that we have been feeding Showmaster Heifer Developer for the past 18 mos.  I like the feed but it's just too expensive.  I was paying about $12.50 per bag.  There is a local feedmil that can save me 30-50% if I have a custom mix done.  Does anybody know what the approximate mix is for Showmaster Heifer Developer or another really good heifer developer?  Thanks

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Re: Need Help with Heifer Developer Ration
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2010, 05:44:22 PM »
Not knowing wher in states you are- old formula is oats 400 lbs, cotton seed hulls 200 lbs corn around 150 lbs, and maybe 50 lbs of protien-  use peanut meal, linseed meal or the generic calf manna-  if oats are hard to find we are having real good luck with the cheapest ration with a lot of hulls, using the chafff hay as about 1/4 more of the ration, maybe a 1/2 feed bucket corn and a little alafalfa pellets 6 lbs or so as protien-  the chopped timithy hay as another 1/4 of the ration has worked well.   
our base feed is 7.10 a bag and all the addings make feeding almost bearable

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Re: Need Help with Heifer Developer Ration
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2010, 08:56:52 AM »
Once again, I'll post this.  It may not be for you, but it is cheap and works great for all larger framed cattle.  It will get a Pud fat in a hurry!

I have had so many requests for my Feed Program, that the ration is attached to the whole process.  We feed this ration to baby calves as early as two months, show heifers, show steers, breeding bulls, and as our winter protein supplement for the cows.  Our biggest success is being able to wean and fit show heifers for sale or show at four months of age.
Here it is:

ASKLUND ACRES program for feeding show calves.
www.clubcalves.com/asklundhome.htm
 
1.  Calves should be fed twice a day, the same time each day. Optimum is 6:00am & 6:00pm.

2.  Calves should be haltered and tied next to each other.... close enough to see each other eat, but far enough apart to not be able to reach one another's feed.

3.  After 15 minutes, they should be pulled from their feed, and the feed cleaned up.
(this teaches them to eat all their food quickly. Sure comes in handy at shows)

4.  Measure feed by pounds, not scoops.  They should eat 10 - 15 pounds of feed, twice daily, depending on the size of the calf.

5.  Make hay or pasture available year round.  I recommend small area containment from morning feeding to evening feeding, rinsing, brushing and showmanship work.

6.  Turn into larger area pasture with hay or grass for the night.  Make sure there is plenty of room to exercise.
 
Now here is our ration, per ton
 
1200 lbs. cracked corn
400 lbs. cotton seed hulls
200 lbs. steam rolled oats
100 lbs. soy bean meal
100 lbs. molasses
 
I top dress each calf 1 oz. per feeding Moorman's #168AU medicated mineral(the #s have changed, but this is the Standard Range mineral + Aureomycin).  A quality mineral is essential.  On the occasional need for a fat additive, I use ADM's Healthy Glo.  This is a 100% extruded rice bran developed for Race Horses.  1 pound per head per day.  It will increase muscle, hair & quality of hair coat.
 
That's our feed program. It has remained unchanged since 1996, and we have never had any breeding problems.
Dan Asklund
Ada, OK

 

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