Go for high en­ergy cull feed­ing

Irish Examiner - Farming - - BEEF/TECHNOLOGY -

Many cull cows are be­ing fed at the mo­ment, from both beef and dairy herds.

The key with these is to get them to slaugh­ter by early De­cem­ber.

Un­like young cat­tle, which are of­ten still grow­ing while be­ing fin­ished, cull cows are fully grown.

This means that once you sup­ply the en­ergy they re­quire for main­te­nance, all ex­tra en­ergy will go to­wards lay­ing down meat and fat. An in­ten­sive feed­ing pe­riod is there­fore ad­vised for culls for op­ti­mum per­for­mance and re­turn.

Cull di­ets do not re­quire a lot of pro­tein, but the en­ergy density should be high, in or­der to get a good fin­ish and ac­cept­able fat cover.

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