Purina has solutions for effectively creep feeding and weaning your calves.
Purina Creep Feeding Solutions Fill the Hungry Calf Gap
The Hungry Calf Gap
As a calf nears two to three months of age, the cow's milk production peaks and begins to fall-- precisely at a time when the calf's nutritional requirements are increasing. The result is "the hungry calf gap."
As the growing calf tries to meet its increasing requirements for protein, energy and phosphorus, the dam’s milk supply and forage quality are both declining. Adding to that, the calf is also in competition with the cow for shorter quantities of grass.
The Purina Creep Feeding Program allows the cattleman to achieve the optimal genetic potential from his calves that a declining milk output and grass quality cannot provide.
Purina Research indicates that you can successfully add 56-86 pounds to the weaning weight of your calves with a proper creep-feeding program.
Advantages of a Creep Feed Program
Best Practices for Creep Feeding
Purina Great Starts™ Cattle Feeding Program
Feeding to Effectively Wean Your Calves
Weaning your calves from your cows can be a stressful time period for the cow and especially the calf. The calf’s diet changes dramatically, as do its surroundings. This all creates a high level of stress in the newly weaned calf. Great Starts™ program features one cattle starting feed, has different forage requirement options, feed-styles and weaning facility needs. Working with your local Purina dealer, you can find the program that is right for you, your operation and your calves. For management tips, click here.
Purina Great Starts™ Cattle Feeding Program
4-Square Stocker/Grower for Creep Feeding Calves
Purina Mills has designed a line of hand-fed range products to address the differences in desired nutrient and producer preferences. These balanced protein and energy supplements enhance forage digestion, allowing your cattle to get more of their nutritional needs from your homegrown forage. The following chart lists our line of range cubes and their nutritional specifications.
|Purina STOCKER /GROWER CHOW PRODUCTS|
TO CREEP FEED CALVES
|PROTEIN ||NPN ||FAT ||FIBER ||PHOS ||VIT A |
Stocker/Grower Supreme 12N
|12.0 ||0.0 ||2.5 ||10.0 ||0.5 ||10,000 |
Stocker/Grower Performance 12N
|12.0 ||0.0 ||2.0 ||15.0 ||0.5 ||7,000 |
Stocker/Grower Supreme 14N
|0.5 ||10,000 |
Stocker/Grower Performance 14N
|14.0 ||0.0 ||2.0 ||15.0 ||0.5 ||7,000 |
Purina Accu-Creep is a self-limiting, balancing protein and energy product that effectively limits intake for optimal feed efficiency. The Purina Accu-Creep program fills the hungry calf gap, permitting the calf to express its full genetic potential. Accu-Creep delivers predictable, proven performance.
|Purina Accu-Creep Feed|
FEATURING IM Technology®
|PROTEIN ||NPN ||FAT ||FIBER ||Ca ||PHOS ||VIT A |
|13.0 ||1.6 ||4.5 ||5.0 ||0.75 - 1.25 ||0.5 ||5,000 |
Accuration® Starter Feed
Purina Accuration® Starter Feed contains our patented intake modifiers that virtually eliminate the chance that cattle will over-consume the starter. This program provides:
An energy-dense formula with reduced roughage
Greater gain and improved efficiency through Intake Modifying Technology®
Formulated with the trademark levels of Availa® 4 Organic Trace Minerals and Diamond V® Original XPC™
A coarse-textured ration that is more durable in handling and resistant to moisture than conventional pelleted rations
A weaned calf ration that provides enhanced ADG and feed efficiency, even better than Preconditioning/Receiving Chow®
A ration that provides a smoother, more consistent transition to growing or finishing rations
|Accuration® Starter Feed |
with Intake Modifying Technology®
Best Value Starters
|Protein ||NPN ||Fat ||Fiber ||Ca ||Salt ||P ||Minimum|
ACCURATION® Starter LW
|14.0 ||2.3 ||2.5||15.0||0.75||0.50 ||0.50 ||350||500 |
ACCURATION® Starter WC
|14.0 ||2.3 ||3.0||20.0 ||0.75 ||0.50||0.50||400 ||650 |
ACCURATION® Starter HL
|14.0 ||2.3 ||3.5 ||15.0 ||0.75 ||0.50||0.50||600||750|
| || || || || || || || |
Formally named, Preconditioning/Receiving Chow®, it is "The Standard" by which all starters are measured. Released for marketing in 1968, it is still the #1 weaning ration in the United States. Nothing is more palatable to newly weaned or received cattle. Purina’s Precon™ Complete has been especially formulated after numerous research trials and now includes Zinpro Availa® 4 Organic Trace Minerals. It is a complete weaned-calf diet that not only eliminates the stresses of weaning, but also reduces sickness and puts the calf on the road to 40-80 pounds of weight gain.
Precon™ 5 Supplement
A pelleted supplement that provides essential nutrients in a small inclusion package for calves on forage or pasture.
- Formulated with trademark levels of Availa® 4 and Diamond V® original XPC™
- Highly palatable supplement that supports the immune status and forage intake.
- Targeted intakes of 5 pounds per head per day.
Wind and Rain Mineral Tub with Availa® 4 or Purina Stress Tub
- A highly palatable molasses-based tub supplement for stressed or weaned calves.
- Both contain trademark levels of Zinpro Availa® 4 Organic Minerals to support immune status.
- The Purina Stress Tub contains Diamond V® original XPC™, high levels of vitamins and minerals, and protein to restore nutrients lost during weaning.
- A convenient delivery method that helps you save labor and to provide necessary nutrients to your calves on high-quality forages.