Transitioning Feeds

This time of the year barns are filling up fast with new projects. Prior to bringing your new project home, make certain that you ask the seller what kind of feed the animal has been on. To transition to Show-Rite Feeds we recommend the following method for all species.

No matter what size of animal we are talking about, transitioning from one feed to another works best if done over a series of days. For example, we suggest doing feed changes over a period of 7 days. Start by mixing 3/4 of current ration to 1/4 of new feed, then on day 3 mix feed at a 50:50 ratio. Finally on day 5 you can go 3?4 of new feed to 1?4 of old ration and concluding on day 7 be on your next step or new ration.

Holstien Dairy Calves : More Muscle

Q: My kids show holstein starter calves. We feed Show-Rite from the time they are weaned until show time at full feed, target size is 550lbs. Do you have any suggestions for adding more muscle. We usually rate toward the top end of the weight category, but are usually beaten out by a more heavy muscled group of calves. Any suggestions, Thanks for your help.

A: We suggest feeding
2 to 3 lbs. of MNM along with regular diet, increased protein equals increased muscle, for extra bulk add flaked corn.

Hogs: Gaining Weight

Q: Hi I need help with trying to find something for a 44lb pig that needs to start gaining more weight. She is currently on free feed and has plenty of water and I am currently feeding her Show-Rite 40/90. Any ideas on how I can help her start gaining? Thank you

A: At the 44 lb weight I would suggest adding 50MG back to her diet. That should get some extra gain and then you can transition back to 40-90. I would mix 50MG and 40-90 at a 50/50 ratio then once she gets to 80 pounds move to full 40-90.

Rite-Factor for Goats

Q:  Our goat show is in 22 days is it to late to start rite factor? I have 3 goats weights are 88, 61, 60
How much should I give them? I also am feeding advancer 2 pounds a day

A:  No It’s not to late. You should begin seeing noticeable results in 7-8 days. If they’re well conditioned (fat) give 3/4 scoop twice a day. If they’re about ready give 1/2 scoop twice a day. Please feel free to call or text any time 512-787-2948, Kevin Mock

How Does Rite-Factor® Work?

Q: I’ve seen success on your website from pigs being fed Rite Factor. How does it work exactly and when should it be fed?

A: Feed the recommended 4 ounces a day the last 45 days until your target show. You will see a bloom and freshness difference as well as a more rapid metabolism that enhances any other additives that you are using.

How Does Refresh Work?

Q: How does Refresh work? Should I feed it year round or just before the show?

A: Refresh is a high energy electrolyte that adds optimal fill and bloom prior to show time. After you purchase your animal at a young age and long transportation is required, Refresh is a great tool to keep them hydrated until you have reached your final destination and they are on full fresh water again. When getting close to show time (14 days prior to show) Refresh can be used as a top dress. At the show, offer Refresh in the water as you hydrate or maximum fill is reached.

ACHIEVING THE IDEAL WEIGHT

We all talk about trying to fit the ideal weight when we get to our target show. The best way to achieve this goal is to track the weight gain of our show pig during the growing stages. I recommend weighing every two weeks until we reach the last 60 days till your target show, then weigh every week. This will allow you to get an average daily gain for your project and can adjust growth so  you are not too big or too small at the show.

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