Calculating the pros and cons of creep feeding.

Calculating the pros and cons of creep feeding.

Glenn Selk

Angus Beef Business

Feed conversions of calves fed creep have been quite variable to say the least. Conversions of 5:1, or 5 pounds (lb.) of grain consumed to 1 lb. of extra calf weight, are very rare and the optimum that can be expected using a “typical” high-energy creep feed. Conversions may be as poor as 15:1 (or worse) in some situations. Several factors affect the amount of creep feed that is consumed for each additional pound of gain.

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