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Offline Pop Tart

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Secrets to feeding a show steer
« on: March 08, 2009, 07:07:56 PM »
We would like to do well with our steer, so what can we do to increase our chances?  Any and all suggestions welcomed.

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Re: Secrets to feeding a show steer
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2009, 08:42:00 PM »


To steal Zach's quote from an earlier topic:

You're going to need a lot of money.   ;)

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Re: Secrets to feeding a show steer
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2009, 09:23:02 AM »
When we started we found someone who had experience who raised nice show cattle. We asked what he fed. He had developed his own mixture that he has made at our co-op. He was nice enough to let us use the mixture. We've fine tuned it a little bit but we've done well with it.
We've also found that topping the grain with a scoop of calf manna really adds to their conditioning.
It's true you do have to spend a lot of money on feed to have extremely competitive show cattle. You'll get to the point you can walk into a barn and see who feeds well and who doesn't. Especially true at county shows.
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Re: Secrets to feeding a show steer
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2009, 01:25:26 PM »
Bump.........waiting to hear some well kept secrets............

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Re: Secrets to feeding a show steer
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2009, 01:52:36 PM »
I only show as a form of advertising and marketing but I think feeding is key.  Start early, give yourself time and don't get too extreme. I have seen people that have very average cattle but know how to feed them and make them look great and they do well, where someone with better cattle that doesn't have the right feeding program not do well. I think finding the right feed is the best single thing you can do, there are many other things but to me its first and foremost.

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Re: Secrets to feeding a show steer
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2009, 02:11:03 PM »
I think if you are feeding a complete ration from one of the good feed companies, that you are probably 1/2 way there as far as feeding is concerned.  You can add to it to help the cattle.  For instance, if you need more body and guts, you can add some beet pulp.  You can also feed one of the topdresses to help with hair and condition. 
I think how you feed has more to do with it than what you feed.  Good feeders do some things that I think are extremely important.  I always tell my students that the key to a good feeding program is consistency.  Feed at the same times every day--7:00 am and 5-6:00pm.  Feed a consistant amount every feeding.  Do the same thing every day.  Cattle are creatures of habit and changing the routine can cause problems. 
I think roughage is very important.  We run the cattle free choice to round bales of average quality grass hay daily.  We feed about 2-21/4% if their body weight of a high quality ration daily.  Keep water troughs clean and full. 
When you go to shows, feed in your road feed pans at home for a few days.  Water in your water buckets for a few days prior to the show.  Don't change your routine at the show!  Feed and water at the same time you usually do.  Tie out about the same time you turn out at home.

Hope this helps.  We have been doing it for a long time and these are just some things that anyone can do and it really makes a difference in the way they eat and fill up when you get away from home.

 

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