Min­imis­ing costs and lay­ing the ba­sis for com­pen­satory growth should be pri­or­i­ties dur­ing win­ter feed­ing of stores and wean­lings, writes

Irish Independent - Farming - - WINTER FEEDING -

and are “warm” will lose much of the win­ter weight gain in the first few weeks at pas­ture.

Stock gain­ing less than 0.25 kg/day will not be able to com­pen­sate suf­fi­ciently at pas­ture so ex­treme re­stric­tion is off grass with the aim to be slaugh­tered be­fore reach­ing 30 months of age.

The re­sponse to con­cen­trate sup­ple­men­ta­tion for stores is lower than for wean­ling and sub­se­quent com­pen­satory growth at pas­ture is gen­er­ally greater and can ex­ceed 1kg live-weight/day.

Tar­get daily live weight gain dur­ing the hous­ing pe­riod is 0.5 kg/day for heifers and 0.7 kg/day for steers.

The op­ti­mum level of con­cen­trate sup­ple­men­ta­tion for store cat­tle in win­ter de­pends on silage qual­ity (see the ta­ble be­low).

For store cat­tle feed a high en­ergy 14pc CP ra­tion with min­er­als and vi­ta­mins in­cluded. If us­ing for­ages such as maize silage or fod­der beet, a pro­tein bal­ancer and

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