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


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.