i agree push them too hard and they could go off feed. we had that problem last year. added calf manna as top dress and fed smaller amounts more times per day. all depends on your ration and your steer. PLENTY OF FRESH CLEAN WATER. that will help appetite also. good luck
We are firm believers in Calf Manna too. It just gives them "bloom". Expensive, but well worth it. We start our show calves on it two months before our county club calf sale. We always get plenty of compliments on how good our calves look. Lot's of washing/rinsing/blowing/fans. Lots of work!! The end result is worth it.
I totally agree with drewo6 all the fresh clean water they will drink. Very important.
i wouldn't put him a on free choice hay. I would give him a couple flakes a day of either grass hay or cane hay. Also slowly work your way up to about 3%-3.5% of his body weight. Feed him at least 3 times a day. Keep him as cool as possible with free choice water. Last couple months I would implant him with relevor or ralgro. Also make sure your ration doesnt get to hot other wise he wil go off feed. every so often give him some Probios, and keep him wormed and healthy
honestly, you shouldn't have to push a steer at that weight for an april target that hard. If he eats good and you feed him enough, and right, he should be about there. You look at 180 days to on feed to and needing to gain 700 pounds. 700/180 is 3.88. Now that sounds high for ADG but it can be done. Try your best, its all you can do. Try to limit his hay to a flake or two a day.