Feeding the beef animal to achieve a cost effective result is largely about feeding a balance of the right nutrients at the right time.
During the earlier stages of growth, muscle synthesis and development is all important and this puts the emphasis on the supply of feed protein for muscle development.
However, in the later stages of growth beef animals need to lay down flesh to achieve good conformation, which shifts the emphasis from protein to energy.
Whilst it is vital to supply the necessary minerals and vitamins, rationing a beef animal is crucially the correlation of protein and energy at the appropriate time in it’s life.
Choosing the Appropriate Beef Feed
The choice of beef feed and it’s energy to protein ratio requires the consideration of a number of influencing factors.
1) System; dictates the age of marketing and thus the target daily rate of growth.
2) Breed; early maturing breeds (e.g. Aberdeen Angus) finish easily, but if not correctly rationed will do so before having gained the optimum weight. Later maturing breeds (e.g. Charolais) grow easily but finish with difficulty.
3) The sex; bulls, heifers and steers have differing potential for growth and finish.
Your local Carrs Billington Area Manager will gladly advise on the appropriate beef concentrate from the range available taking into account;
- The protein to energy ratio relevant to the system, breed and sex.
- The protein constitution of the beef feed
- The sources of energy within the beef feed (primarily starch)
- Balanced with the known forage
Advice is also provided on the appropriate feed rate to achieve.
- Lean Growth
- Finish and market satisfaction
- Cost effectiveness – determined by the rate of conversion from feed to DLWG
- Maximum utilisation of forage
- Health and well being
“Feeding well leads to no regrets later”
Suckler Cow Rolls
Available as 2:3 (2oz cal mag in 3lb)
Designed for feeding on the ground to suckler cows – immediately prior to, and post calving or where grass staggers is considered a possibility. Hypomagnesaemia (grass staggers) occurs when there is a deficiency of available magnesium in the diet. Rapidly growing spring grass and autumn “flush” grass have low levels of magnesium. The body store of magnesium is small and not readily mobilised. Cattle therefore have a daily requirement throughout the danger period.
Suckler cow rolls also have an important role to play in the overall nutritional package of the cow. Whether the forage is hay, silage or straw, supplementation with suckler cows rolls will help maintain body condition. Tight conception rates are to a large degree based on correct nutrition. Good conception rates are central to suckler cow profitability.
Cattle Concentrates and Grain Balancers
Cattle Concentrate 34 pellets
Contain 34% protein plus minerals and vitamins and are designed to be mixed with cereals (rolled or coarsely ground), although upto 25% of the cereals may be replaced with Sugar Beet Pulp, Citrus Pulp or Soya Hulls.
This concentrate is formulated only from natural protein sources and the finished mix provides a high quality midday feed for dairy, and a ration for growing and finishing beef to provide sustained growth rates and efficient feed conversion rates.
Concentrate Mixing Rates
Mixing Ratio Concentrate Protein of Mix
4:1 20% 14.8%
3:1 25% 16%
2:1 33% 18%
Hi-Pro 38 pellets
Designed to be mixed with cereals and/or digestible fibre sources such as Sugar Beet Pulp, Citrus Pulp, Soya Hulls for beef cattle and dairy diets. Urea is included so it must not be fed to ruminants under 3 months of age. Specific minerals must be added.
15% inclusion gives approx 14.2% protein
20 % inclusion gives approx 15.6% protein
25% inclusion gives approx 17.0% protein
Grain Balancer 33 pellets
Designed to be mixed with cereals and/or digestible fibre sources, for beef, dairy cattle and sheep diets. Urea is included so it must not be fed to ruminants under 3 months of age.