Hello! I have 2 Jersey calves. I know this may be a silly question...but anyway! =) I was wondering exactly how much grain\oats they each should have a day? Like how many #?? One is 7 mo old and the other one is 6 mo. Thanks for the answers! =)
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Are these male or female? I don't grain my steers, but I have pasture for them. -Jenn
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Post by missconnie on Oct 15, 2010 17:11:11 GMT -5
I give some grain. By 6/7 months old they should be able to have a large coffee can full each, once or twice a day (your preference). If they have never been on grain start with a fourth can once a day and increase next week to half etc. I feed sweet feed only.
Yep, If they're pets you don't want them looking like this.....
City born, Country raised by wife Edith "Jersey" She Who Must Be Obeyed Baboo our ½ Angus ½ Jersey Heifer Moe and Curley Joe the two Stooge steers Nubian and Boer Goats Galore. Dorper Sheep with Beau the Aussie Shepherd to watch over them and Christy our fat mini Schnauzer who sleeps through it all. Ducks, Chickens, and Geese.
Post by Rhein-O-Ranch on Oct 17, 2010 0:07:17 GMT -5
If you are going to put them in the freezer then the more grain that you feed them the better they will taste.....Now I will catch a lot of flak for that statement. But I have eaten both grass fed and grain fed and I can definitely taste a big difference in them. Maybe it is just that the grass around here isn't up to the task of finishing a cow out....I really don't know. The main thing that you have to watch out for hen feeding a calf is the scours. If you feed too much of an all grain feed they will scour out. Then you have to back off the feed for several days and let their digestion go back to normal and start over again. We feed a grain mixture that has cotton seed hulls in it. The cotton fiber that is left on the hulls scour out the stomach and keep the stomach lining in top condition. We can put our cows out with all they can eat 24/7 and they never scour out. The first steer that we fed out we used a mixture without and if we gave him as little as 2lbs too much feed at a time he scoured out and we had to start over. We fed the next 2 steers out with the new feed mixture by putting them in a pen and having a round bale of hay, a 2 ton feeder of the feed and a water trough. In 100 days they both gained 400lbs. That is 4 lbs each per day....It doesn't get much better than that.
We have nurse cows, calves, show calves, llamas, pygmy goats, turkeys, chickens, pigs, dogs and cats on our little piece of Heaven.
We are now selling fresh whole milk and mozzarella and Velveeta style cheeses along with fresh eggs.
Cottonseed is one of those things that everybody has to make their own decisions on, but it needs to be an educated decision. Personally, I wouldn't feed it if my life depended on it.
Cotton is not grown as a food crop and consequently has a high level of pesticide residues. ALSO cottonseed contains a compound (gossypol) that is a very effective MALE CONTRACEPTIVE. American slaves used portions of the cotton plant to induce abortions. When one of my cows that had never had cottonseed reached through a fence and consumed no more than 5 lbs of a cottonseed-containing feed, she immediately aborted.
Cottonseed can poison cattle yet gossypol is an old, abandoned male contraceptive used in China in the 1920s. After studies in the 1970s it was abandoned because some men remained infertile after stopping treatment and some developed hypokalemia (potassium shortage in the blood, which can lead to serious heart problems). Although in 1998 the World Health Organization said research on its use for contraception should be abandoned, Chinese researchers are still testing low-doses.
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