Elite 18% Texturized

STRIVE Calf Program

Elite 18% calf starters are palatable texturized feeds composed of a low inclusion pelleted supplement, multiple fiber sources, processed grains, and liquid molasses.  The texture and optimal fiber level of Elite 18% starter encourages early starter intake and promotes excellent calf growth, maximizing the calf’s growth potential.

About the Product

Palatable Textured Blend

The specific blend of highly palatable fiber sources along with the coarse texture and moisture optimizes early starter intake, calf performance, and early rumen development.


  • 18% as-fed, crude protein for good structural growth
  • Optimal balance of minerals, B-vitamins and vitamins A, D3, and E.
  • Organic trace minerals for maximum availability, has been shown to improve calf health and growth.
  • Yeast to promote intake consistency and gut health.
  • Multiple fiber sources for gut health, palatability, and excellent calf performance.

Energy Dense

The energy density of Elite 18% calf starter feed helps calves perform better, even under stressful conditions. The available starch from Elite’s grain mix allows for maximum rumen development.

Starter Feeding Tips

  • Begin at four days of age.
  • Keep starter fresh by feeding small amounts.
  • Calves need encouragement to begin eating starter. Place starter in the calf’s shallow bucket or on its muzzle just as it finishes milk replacer.
  • Providing fresh, clean water encourages calves to eat more starter.
  • Avoid feeding hay prior to weaning.
  • Fermented feeds and pasture should not be fed before three months of age. The high moisture content can limit intake and growth.
  • Feed milk replacer at suggested rate to encourage dry feed consumption and achieve optimal growth.

Nutrient Analysis

Crude Protein,min % 18.0
Crude Fat, min % 3.0
Crude Fiber, max % 8.0
ADF, max %  12.0
Calcium (Ca), min % 0.6
Calcium (Ca), max % 1.1
Phosphorus (P), min %  0.5
Salt (NaCl), min % 0.3
salt (NaCl), max % 0.8
Vitamin A, min IU/lb. 10,000
Vitamin D, min IU/lb. 2,500
Vitamin E, min IU/lb. 75


Choice of Additives
Elite 18% calf starter feeds are available with feed additives at FDA-approved levels. Proper use of feed additives can increase weight gain and feed utilization. Refer to product tag for specific claims.

Feed Additives Include:
Decoquinate (.005%)...............22.7 mg/lb
For the prevention of coccidiosis in non-ruminating and ruminating calves and cattle caused by Eimeria bovis and Eimeria zuernii.


Rumensin................................45.0 g/ton
For the prevention and control of coccidiosis caused by Eimeria bovis and Eimeria zuernii.

Feeding Directions


  • Introduce calf starter at four days of age.
  • Feed to appetite to minimize refusals and maximize starter freshness.
  • Avoid feeding hay prior to weaning.
  • Wean calves at four to six weeks of age when eating a minimum of 3.0 pounds of Elite 18% texturized calf starter feed per head per day for two consecutive days.
  • Continue to feed Elite texturized calf starter feed and gradually transition calves to a grower ration during the next two to four weeks.
  • Provide fresh, clean water at all times.
Starter Intake Goals -  By Age*
Age -Week Average Starter Intake, lb. per head per day
1 - 2 0.10 - 0.15
3 - 4 0.80 - 0.90
5 - 6 2.2 - 2.4
7 - 8 >5.0

*Starter Intake will vary by season of the year, calf health, calf environment, and implemented nutrition program.



These products, which contain added copper, must not be fed to sheep or related species that have a low tolerance level to copper.

These products have been formulated specifically for dairy calves and are not intended for other species.

Product Number

#32566—Elite 18% Non-med, 50 lb.
#29850—Elite 18% D22.7, 50 lb.
#32571—Elite 18% R45, 50 lb.

Please Note: This product information sheet is meant to serve as a general overview and is not intended to replace the product label. Always refer directly to the product label for the most up-to-date nutrient content and feeding directions.