Precon? How long?

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Lacy09

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I am currently feeding our 7 month old heifer 13 lbs of precon a day and 2 scoops of cotton seed hulls.  How long do you leave them on the precon as the main ration?
 

Chuck Wagon

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Is this a show heifer?  You can introduce a grower but my experience is that we always have supplemented heifer grower mix with 50% to 70% precon pellets and fiber such as cottonseed hull or even fill .  You can get bale of fill at Tractor Supply  that works great and is cheaper than natural fill but it's mainly the fiber you are adding.

Heifers need 2 to 3 % of feed to grow with a 12 to 14% protein.  Heifers need fat in the diet, but you have to be diligent and not get them too fat.  If you are buying Precon, you can contact the Purina Rep in  your area as well and they can put together a good formula for you.

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Lacy09

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Yes for show heifers.  I just thought it was standard that everyone eventually switches from precon to a grower ration for their main source of feed.  Our heifer last year got to fat, she was on fitters edge and cottonseed and free choice hay. 
 

Chuck Wagon

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yes, you can switch to a grower but split with precon and fill because keep a nice belly on a heifer, plus free choice hay.  I like to turn them out in pasture at night for exercise where there is grass or round bale
 
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