Keep your finishers on steady diet once settled

Cattle thrive best when they are fed the same diet at the same time each day.

As I mentioned above, changing feed supplier may seem like a good idea.

However, each time you change your concentrate you cause the animals to have to change their rumen bug population to suit the new mix.

This results in reduced performance during the transition. My advice is to stick to one supplier, once finishers are settled on their diet.

Apart from when you might introduce maize meal near the end of the finishing period to get the final cover, no other changes should be necessary.

Construct your mix each day

If you are feeding straights through a TMR (total mixed ration) it is also very important that you construct your mix each day with the same proportion of each ingredient.

If you have a silage result then don’t ignore the information that it gives you.

Address any shortcomings that it may have by formulating your mix to supply sufficient energy for the gain that you are targeting from your stock.

The energy and protein required for your stock will be based upon the sex, weight, breed as well as the target market/finishing date.


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