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Tips for Success with Show Cattle Supplements

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Visit with a seasoned athlete about their daily routine, and there’s a high likelihood they will credit the use of nutritional supplements to boost their performance before a big competition.

Brown CowSimilarly, on the show cattle circuit, individuals in the winner’s circle can often be found using show supplements for their steer or heifer.

“Show supplements are designed to help spike the nutrition being offered to an animal to enhance the expression of genetic traits in a 45- to 90-day time period,” explains Dr. Kevin Burgoon, technical nutritionist with Purina Animal Nutrition. That said, he emphasizes, “Show supplements are not a magic potion, they are part of a comprehensive nutrition program.”

Burgoon explains that nutritional supplements don’t replace a balanced feed ration. Supplements are simply added for a period of time to help boost specific nutrients to achieve a desired result. Burgoon says show supplements are most often fed to cattle for three reasons: 1) to help achieve appropriate fat and conditioning for finishing, 2) to help enhance the animal’s muscle expression, and 3) to help promote a fuller appearance.

“You must still meet the animal’s daily nutrient requirements says Burgoon. “Then, adding show supplements with higher amounts of a specific nutrient, like energy or protein, can help get an animal looking their best for show day.”

Energy is key 
When selecting a nutritional supplement for cattle it is important to look at the fat content, which provides the animal energy (calories). Burgoon says, “Energy is responsible for growth, muscle and skeletal development; every metabolic process has a caloric cost.”

Specifically, Burgoon suggests including a high fat energy supplement in a show animal’s diet when more energy is needed for growth and or fat deposition. “A high fat supplement can help the animal utilize the feed better and promotes fat deposition to help achieve the desired finishing condition,” he explains. “A high protein, low fat supplement can dilute the energy content of the diet to a point where growth and fat deposition suffers.”

Energy supplements can also be beneficial to speed up growth and finishing in scenarios where an animal would traditionally require longer days on feed, such as cattle that have been sick or off-feed or breeds that take longer to mature. For those animals who need an extra boost, Burgoon says energy supplements can start to be fed when cattle are 400 to 500 pounds.

In addition, feeding enough fiber in the diet is critical. Burgoon suggests free choice moderate quality grass hay, and emphasizes that “keeping the rumen right with sufficient roughage in the diet is critical.”

Allow enough time
Burgoon emphasizes that inclusion of nutritional supplements in a feed ration requires time.

“When someone says a supplement didn’t work for their show animal, it’s usually because they didn’t feed the supplement for a long enough period of time for it to work. Timing is the biggest mistake I see people make when feeding nutritional supplements,” says Burgoon.

According to Burgoon, ideally nutritional supplements should be fed 45 to 90 days prior to show day. Even products marketed as a “show day” supplement should be fed longer than a single day he adds. “Supplements continue to work the longer they are fed,” Burgoon adds.

Part of the bigger picture
As part of your comprehensive nutrition program, Burgoon suggests getting show calves – especially market steers – to their ideal finishing weight about 35 to 40 days prior to show day, and then transitioning to a lower energy, high fiber feed and, if needed, feeding a supplement that will help maintain condition and muscle shape until it’s show time.

He adds once animals have reached their ideal finish weight you must still continue to meet their daily nutrient requirements, but you want to do that with as little feed as possible. He advises transitioning to a “slowing diet” – feeding lower energy and increasing the fiber to at least 14%, with free choice grass hay to keep the calf full, while also keeping their condition and muscle expression “fresh.”

During the final 30 to 45 days before a market show, Burgoon also emphasizes the importance of feeding supplements and feeds that do not require a withdrawal period.

Monitor performance
A final tip is to monitor how animals are eating and responding to their feed and supplements. Burgoon notes that adjustments to their diet may need to be made throughout the show season.

Honor® Show Chow® Ambassador Bobby May has similar advice. May emphasizes that every animal and every feeding scenario is different, saying, “There’s never a one size fits all feeding recommendation.”

To monitor performance of the show animals he works with, May says he weighs his show cattle every week to evaluate gain.

May also advises feeding cattle separately. He explains, “If you feed 20 pounds of feed to two steers, there is no guarantee they will each eat 10 pounds, because some cattle are slow eaters and others are aggressive. I suggest feeding cattle separately, but putting the bunks side-by-side and separated by a fenceline so the cattle feel like they are eating with a buddy.”

For more information on show nutrition join the online community of show enthusiasts at www.facebook.com/HonorShowChow or www.twitter.com/HonorShowChow.

Article Attributed to Purina Animal Nutrition

Ultimate Purina Experience: Enter to Win!

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Ultimate Purina ExperienceHere’s a chance to win the Ultimate Purina Experience!

Enter to for a chance to win a special behind-the-scenes VIP trip for two to St. Louis, MO. You and a guest will tour the Purina Animal Nutrition Center and the home of the Budweiser Clydesdales!

Plus, in addition to the tip, you get to choose from one of the 3 options below!

  1. Free Purina Horse & Training! Yes, you read that correctly! You can choose a horse from a select group of horses at the Purina Farm. Kerry Kuhn, A Purina Ambassador will train your new horse for 6 months!
  2. Already have a horse? Well, this option lets you train one-on-one or attend a clinic (for up to 4 days) with your choice of any Purina Ambassador listed on the flyer.
  3. Or you can choose to receive free Purina Feed for one year. Select the Purina horse feed that suits your needs and Purina will supply feed for up to 6 horses for the entire year! Maximum of 6 tons.

How do you enter? TEXT to number: 95323, and enter the work PURINA. Then hit send. Fill out the questions and you are entered!

Coyote Light Predator Hunting Lights

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Coyote LightCoyote Light Predator Hunting Lights are now available at J&N Feed and Seed. The CoyoteLight is an innovative hunting light developed by predator hunting enthusiast for predator hunting enthusiast. This remarkable hunting light features the highest performing red LED lighting technology in a sleek, lightweight design. The CoyoteLight can be quickly mounted to any scope, Picatinny rail, or used as a handheld spotlight. CoyoteLight professional lighting will transform the way you hunt at night. CoyoteLight is 100% designed and manufactured in Pennsylvania.

Performance

The #1 safety rule for night predator hunting is identifying your target. CoyoteLight will give you confidence while pulling the trigger and the performance you have to see to believe. The CoyoteLight is guaranteed to beat the performance of any spotlight with a red filter or any kind of red LED flashlight.

Adjustable Brightness Light Intensity

The brightness is fully controlled from zero to 100% power with an adjustment knob on the back. Scan on a lower power for the reflection of eyes and then turn the light up on full power for shooting.

Adjustable Focus

With CoyoteLights variable focus, it can be adjusted to be a wide or tight light beam for the desired distance of each hunting landscape.

Extreme Battery Life

CoyoteLight has a unique patent pending integrated circuit which runs on built-in high-performance lithium-ion batteries. It will run over 5.5 hours on full power and over 48 hours at about 25% power. It also has a low battery indicator light to let you know when it’s time to charge. The CoyoteLight will run at your desired power and will not dim as the batteries are exhausted.

Coyotes are one of the most challenging predators to hunt in the United States. They’re little, mean, and clever. And they are one of the few animals that you can hunt at night with a spotlight or flashlight (see Texas hunting regulations).

Stop by J&N Feed in Graham, Texas, and shop our full line of Coyote Light Predator Hunting Lights and all your hunting, firearms and ammo needs.

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