CalssiCalf Energy-Up 16 creep feed is best suited for young calves, early in the creep feeding season, when an adequate supply of grass and milk are also available. ClassiCalf Energy-Up 16 contains a locked-in amount of corn, which provides more energy to better meet the requirements of young, suckling calves when creep feed intake is typically below 5 lbs. per day. Adding some grain to fiber-based creep feed can improve gain, and promote the development of rumen tissue as calves transition from a diet of milk to solid feed.
Protein is required by rumen microorganisms and for muscle growth. Creep feeds do not contain non-protein nitrogen sources but are formulated with a combination of natural protein sources. By combining protein sources, creep feeds provide a better amino acid balance to promote efficient growth. A higher protein content supports calves meeting their genetic potential for growth. As genetic improvement of the cow herd has advanced so must the protein level in the creep feed.
Fiber stimulates rumen activity, slows rumen fermentation rate and helps prevent digestive disorders. Creep feeds are formulated with digestible fiber providing a large portion of the energy, which can promotes forage-digesting bacteria. Creep feeds contain high-quality ingredients to increase palatability and encourage early consumption.
Recent research has shown that including more rapidly digestible energy in creep formulas can improve calf performance. Providing some energy that is more rapidly digested in the rumen supports ruminal development, without interfering with rumen fiber digestion.
High-quality pellets are an important part of creep feeds. Pelleted creep reduces sorting and waste, and provides a balance of energy, protein, minerals, and vitamins in each bite.
Pounds At Weaning
Creep feeding calves increases weaning weight. This allows producers to sell more pounds per cow than by not creep feeding.
Good Start in the Feedlot
A high level of feed intake soon after calves enter the feedlot is the key to getting them off to a good start and reducing sickness. Calves accustomed to eating pelleted feed before weaning are more likely to consume an adequate level of their receiving ration.
Minerals and Vitamins
Proper mineral and vitamin supplementation impacts forage utilization, protein and energy metabolism and disease resistance.
Choice of Additives
Additives can improve animal performance and health. Refer to the product tag for a specific claim and feeding directions. Creep Feeds are available with approved feed additives.
|Crude Protein, min %||16.0|
|Crude Fat, min %||2.0|
|Crude Fiber, max %||20.0|
|Calcium (Ca), %||1.0-1.5|
|Phosphorus (P), min %||0.6|
|Salt (NaCI) %||0.3-0.8|
|Potassium (K), min %||0.9|
|Vitamin A, min (IU/lb.)||6,000|
|Vitamin D, min (IU/lb.)||600|
|Vitamin E, min (IU/lb.)||10|
Feed creep feed to suckling calves from birth to weaning. Calves will typically consume 0.75% to 1.5% of their body weight daily. Over consumption (greater than 2.0% of body weight) may result in digestive disorders. Provide clean fresh water and free choice salt at all times.
- Place creep feeders in an area where cows frequent, such as near loafing areas, water, shade or mineral feeders. Once all calves are eating, creep feeders can be moved per your grazing program.
- Keep feed fresh, consider only partially filling feeders at the beginning when intakes are the lowest.
- Consumption will be low while calves become accustomed to the feeder and learn to eat creep feed. Intakes will increase gradually over time.
- Routinely clean out feeders. Any moisture or fines should be cleaned out of trough.
- Adjust feeders so excessive feed does not build up in the trough. Adjusting the opening to 3/4 to 1 inch should eliminate a feed build up in the trough. This will help reduce fines and waste.
- Do not let the feeders go empty. Once calves have started on creep feed keep it available at all times.
- Allow adequate bunk space per calf. A good rule of thumb is 3 calves per foot of bunk space.
- Make sure creep feed area can securely keep the cows out, but allows easy access for calves.
This product, which contains added copper, must not be fed to sheep or related species that have a low tolerance level to copper.
#46783—ClassiCalf Energy-Up 16, 50lb.