Feeding weaned calves

Asked January 1, 2016, 7:25 PM EST

Is feeding chopped corn to weaned calves ok if not what is the best and safest choice?

Adams County Colorado beef cattle

1 Response

Yes, you can feed cracked corn to weaned calves. Corn is often used as part of a creep feeding ration. Creep feeding is adding grain or roughage while still nursing. You will want to start with a limited amount of corn and work up to the level you want.

You need to give the rumen microbes a chance to get used to eating corn before increasing the amount. You can cause acidosis if you increase corn amounts too fast. You also don't want the whole ration to be corn. A ruminant animal needs roughage (hay or grass) to keep the rumen functioning properly.


http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1387&context=animalscinbcr (Feeding corn to calves)

http://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.cfm?number=B1315
(Creep feeding)

After looking at the fact sheets, if you still have questions get back in touch.

Good Luck,

Marvin