Christmas fat stock.

Discussion in 'Livestock & Forage' started by Wazmos, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. Wazmos

    Wazmos Member

    got a nice heifer and steer ( lim x blue) thinking about saving them for the fat stock class at Christmas, I know it's early but never done it before, normally sell as stores. What should I be feeding at the moment? And how much? When should it be increased? Any other advice much appreciated. Cheers
     
  2. johnspeehs

    johnspeehs Member

    Location:
    Co Antrim
    What kinda weight are they? I would have thought you wouldn't need to be giving them much special treatment yet, let them grow a bit first.
     
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  3. Northeastfarmer

    Location:
    Cleveland
    Turn them out till 1st September
     
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  4. gatepost

    gatepost Member

    Location:
    Cotswolds
    Tie them up now while they are little,
     
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  5. thorney1

    thorney1 Member

    Second that!!! Tie them up now, and lead them round the yard so they're quiet. Keep brushing them too so you get a nice coat. And wash them now and again too so they're quiet! As for feeding, we feed a 13% show mix until August time then put them on a 16% mix and add oats and some beet nuts as well after that. Just feed nice straw in a ring feeder, don't give them any silage.
     
  6. beefandsleep

    beefandsleep Member

    Location:
    Staffordshire
    Do they have to be led? Turn them out for the summer and start feeding them as much corn as they will eat 90 days before the show, finishing cattle really isn't rocket science.
     
  7. Newby

    Newby Member

    Location:
    East Yorkshire
    How old do they want to be on "show day"?
     
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  8. Andrew1983

    Andrew1983 Member

    Location:
    Black Isle
    Shouldn't your protein be the other way around? I have young stock on 16% then drop to 13% to put a finish on them.
     
  9. beefandsleep

    beefandsleep Member

    Location:
    Staffordshire
    I don't think the op can influence that now. They will be the age they are. If there is a weight limit you might want to think about when you start feeding so as to be as close to the top weight as possible on the reasoning that a good big un will always beat a good little un.
     
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  10. Northeastfarmer

    Location:
    Cleveland
    Won't matter as long as they're under 30 months.
     
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  11. thorney1

    thorney1 Member

    Sorry yes wrong way round! It depends what class your going to enter as to weather you want to halter train and lead them.
     
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  12. gatepost

    gatepost Member

    Location:
    Cotswolds
    The main thing is if you want to win, give your self plenty of time to feed/adjust prepare, champs aren't made at the last min.
     
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