Posted 11/15/2012 19:56 (#2699194 - in reply to #2699097) Subject: Re: new barn done
start 180 day old calves every 8 weeks 5 times a year feed about 720 of them out sell the others as feeders have less than 2% death loss in the babies no roughage at all on a vita plus ration whole corn gluten pellets and supp. pellets, have calves at 6 different barns i rent mix all feed at home and deliver with feed truck self feeders are the only it works for me the difference between a good holstein and a bad holstein is how they are started i mean weaned and put on feed you have to develope the rumen and get it going, mine are on full feed from 6 weeks old on. contract with jbs. plainwell mi. yield is 60% with 80-90% prime and choice slaughtered at 14-15 months old and 1300 lbs. implanted with synovex c, synovex s, and revelor xs. a holstein metabolism is different from a beef breed able to handle the high energy diet without roughage without foundering.