Feedlot Nutrition and Growth and Management

Long Versus Short Feeding Period for Steer Calves of Three Frame Sizes Fed High Energy Finishing Diets

Authors
  • J. C. Iiams (Iowa State University)
  • A. Trenkle (Iowa State University)

Abstract

An experiment was conducted using Angus cross steer calves of three frame sizes (small, medium, and large) to compare performance of two different grow/finish feeding programs. Half of the cattle in each frame size group were fed a high energy ration through the growing period, similar to calves going directly into the feedlot. The other half was fed a low energy ration, similar to a backgrounding diet, for a period prior to the finishing phase. All cattle were fed a high energy ration through the finishing period. The data showed the cattle fed the low energy growing diet experienced some compensatory gains as shown by ultrasound backfat and average daily gains coupled with intakes greater than the increases seen in the high energy treatment. Carcass data and overall performance data showed no ill effects due to the low energy growing ration.

Keywords: ASL R1454

How to Cite:

Iiams, J. C. & Trenkle, A., (1998) “Long Versus Short Feeding Period for Steer Calves of Three Frame Sizes Fed High Energy Finishing Diets”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 1(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 1998
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