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Offline Longway Ranch - SK, Canada

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Feeding Weight Gain Supplements to Heifers
« on: July 10, 2008, 02:57:10 PM »
Has anyone every fed a weight gain supplement to heifers?  Does it greatly affect their fertility later on in life?
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Re: Feeding Weight Gain Supplements to Heifers
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2008, 11:00:35 PM »
We have used Fast Fat on heifers for 30 days and saw no adverse affects. Not sure about any others, but I'd have no problem using it again. Of course, we use it to try to get some condition on a green one - not to get extra fat on one that's already in good condition.
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Re: Feeding Weight Gain Supplements to Heifers
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2008, 11:28:56 PM »
Are you talking about Optaflexx or  Ractopamine? If so, the label specifically says not for use in breeding animals.     However, I have wondered about feeding it & what it would do.   

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Re: Feeding Weight Gain Supplements to Heifers
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2008, 07:59:58 PM »
I just mean any supplement.  Of coarse not the ones that state NOT to feed to breeding animals.  Just a supplement that would add weight to a green heifer faster...not to fatten/finish.  We typically have some problems getting calves to look good for the fall run of shows in Canada after weaning.  Some do ok, some have no appetite and dont look good for the shows.  Just curious whether it is worth it in the long run to feed a supplement.
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