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Offline KCRR1981

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Not a morning heifer.....
« on: February 18, 2020, 11:30:23 AM »
We have a 10 month old beefmaster heifer that we just cant get to consume enough grain.  We feed a show mix from a local feed store that is very popular. We can only get her to consume 12lbs a day & that does not happen every day.  Here is what we do.
6lbs of feed plus sure champ at 5:30am pulled up after 1 hour. She never hardly eats any of it, maybe 2lbs. Whatever is left over I pull up and feed to her at 5:30 pm along with her 6lb evening ration, so approximately 10 lbs total at night,  and she almost finishes every bit but sometimes has two large handfuls or so left over. Then I give her free choice hay (Costal) all night. I don't think she is filling up on hay because there is a lot left over most mornings but I could be wrong.
She is fed with another cow separated by a corral but right in front of one another. I give her 1 hour to eat then pull up feed and release her out of the corral. They are only allowed free choice hay at night after feeding. She gets Probio powder over every meal & we have also tried the Probio paste. I have tried VitaCharge paste as well. She has access to loose minerals, and block minerals along with a salt block and a protein tub. We have tried B-12 & also pouring in a little molasses over her food.  I have tried mixing in Pre-Con.  I feel like I have tried everything but I just dont know why she does not hardly eat at all in the mornings. We have to make her get up to come to the feeder because she is just not interested but at night comes running.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated. 

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Re: Not a morning heifer.....
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2020, 01:44:47 PM »
IMO She is filling up on hay. If she isn't eating in the morning but at night she has been eating all night so she is full and doesn't want to eat in the morning. That's why she attacks it in the evening.
It's suppose to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.

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Re: Not a morning heifer.....
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2020, 10:59:10 PM »
If I understand correctly she doesnt have hay during the day- is that right? She needs to have access to hay at all times, not just during the night. Shes getting hungry during the day and gorging herself overnight.

Feed her 6 pounds in the morning but only give her 20 minutes to eat. After that take the feed away and give her hay. At night give her 6 pounds, not 6 plus the leftovers from the morning. Let her have 20 minutes to eat and then give her hay. After a few days she should get back on schedule and then you can start slowly increasing her feed. Good luck.

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Re: Not a morning heifer.....
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2020, 09:03:13 AM »
Yes, pretty days I kick them out of the barn and don't allow them access to the hay but days that it's really cold or rainy I give them access to come and go. How much hay should I give her after she does not finish her food? a flake, or all she wants?

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Re: Not a morning heifer.....
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2020, 09:29:50 AM »
Id give her all the hay she wants. I know it sounds backwards but once she figures out that she can have hay anytime but only have grain twice a day she should start eating her grain again. We have a round bale out for our show cattle at all times. Keep us posted.

 

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