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Replacement heifer nutrition

Post by RanchMan90 » Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:15 pm

What percentage of body weight of 16% ration + free choice hay would you feed replacement heifers this winter to balance good weight gains and peak maternal performance?


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Re: Replacement heifer nutrition

Post by talltimber » Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:53 pm

I'd probably start them at 1% and see what they are gonna take. I have a handful of hfrs I just put a bull on around the first of Dec. They are not taking much to keep up in good condition. They will weigh 800 probably and they are getting about 5 lbs of ddg/chops 50/50 mix, and free choice hay that I don't expect to be as good as what you have.

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Re: Replacement heifer nutrition

Post by Allenw » Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:23 pm

Access to a protein block and good grass hay is about all the two I kept last year ever had, I guess they had a little cheat picking in the pasture also. They got about a coffee can full of creep pellets once or twice a week when ever they were close when I checked on them, enough to get them bucket broke a bit. They done well and have continued to develop well I'll do about the same this year when I wean calves.

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Re: Replacement heifer nutrition

Post by Dave » Mon Dec 24, 2018 7:55 am

The couple years I fed a grain mix to the replacement heifers I fed about 5 pounds per head per day. The object is to grow heifers not fatten them.

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Re: Replacement heifer nutrition

Post by 5S Cattle » Mon Dec 24, 2018 6:22 pm

You keeping them or selling them?

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Re: Replacement heifer nutrition

Post by RanchMan90 » Mon Dec 24, 2018 7:30 pm

5S Cattle wrote:You keeping them or selling them?

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Re: Replacement heifer nutrition

Post by 5S Cattle » Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:53 pm

RanchMan90 wrote:
5S Cattle wrote:You keeping them or selling them?

Selling them

Most buyers want em fleshy. I’d give em 5 or so lbs/day for now then pour the feed to about 45 days before you go to market them. Assuming your selling out of the pasture?

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Re: Replacement heifer nutrition

Post by talltimber » Tue Dec 25, 2018 6:29 am

I weighed my feed yesterday, and they are getting a tick over three pounds daily of the 50/50

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Re: Replacement heifer nutrition

Post by RanchMan90 » Tue Dec 25, 2018 9:04 am

5S Cattle wrote:
RanchMan90 wrote:
5S Cattle wrote:You keeping them or selling them?

Selling them

Most buyers want em fleshy. I’d give em 5 or so lbs/day for now then pour the feed to about 45 days before you go to market them. Assuming your selling out of the pasture?

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Re: Replacement heifer nutrition

Post by SPH » Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:56 pm

I'd go 1-2% of body weight with some protein and mineral. You don't want to overdo it with replacement heifers as if they get too fat they can be hard to breed. We start to scale back on their feed as it gets warmer then turn them out with the mature cows a few weeks before breeding season so they get roughed up a little and we've had a really good conception rate breeding the heifers AI to calve right at 24 months of age managing them that way.

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