Feeding a young heifer

Asked August 20, 2016, 1:05 PM EDT

I have a Polled Hereford heifer that was abandoned by it's mother after birth. I fed it milk replacer for about 4 months and then a high quality starter feed for about two weeks. I noticed she was getting fat, so I stopped the feed and just let her eat regular pasture grass with all the other cattle, hoping she would lose some of the fat. It's been about a month and she is still too fat. What do I need to do?

Johnson County Texas

1 Response

More than likely she just has a really large fat "reserve" stored up. Even on grass cattle can still maintain body condition and get "fat".

With winter coming soon - I wouldn't be overly concerned.