Are You Going to be Showing Cattle At The Fair This Year?

Jul 12, 2021

Going to be Showing Cattle Fair This Year?

Perhaps you have questions about when and how to use show cattle supplements.  Here are answers to 5 frequently asked questions about show cattle supplements:

1. When should I use show cattle supplements?
Start using supplements early enough to make a change, and use them long enough to give them a chance to work. Some supplements need to be fed longer to get the full benefit while others take less time.  Depending on the supplement, use for a minimum of 30-60 days to see results. One exception to this rule is High Octane® Depth Charge® which can provide results more quickly. 

2. How many show cattle supplements should I use?
Keep show cattle supplement use manageable by using one or two at a time and adjust as needed. Going overboard with supplements often means you’re trying to fix too much, too quickly. Supplements are not a magic bullet for poor feed, genetics or management.

3. How do I know which show cattle supplements to use?
Evaluate the animal with a critical eye to identify its needs. Each supplement is designed for a specific area on the animal.  Once you’ve identified the target area, finding the corresponding supplement becomes easy – see a need, fill a need.  Here are a few examples:
  • Need skeletal growth and muscle shape? Use High Octane® Champion Drive®.
  • Need to trim fat and build muscle? High Octane® Fitter 35®
  • Need fat cover and weight gain? Use High Octane® Power Fuel®.
  • Need more mid-level fill? Use High Octane® Depth Charge®.
  • Need flank and lower fill? Use High Octane® Ultra Full®.
Remember to start using a supplement as soon as you identify an area for improvement. If you wait too long, it may be too late to see desired improvement. When starting cattle on a supplement, work slowly and weigh your feed and supplements to know the exact amounts cattle are receiving.

4. How do each of the High Octane® supplements work for show cattle?
The scenarios where you might use show cattle supplements depend on your individual animal. Here’s how each High Octane® supplement can work within your show cattle feeding program:

5. How do I know if show cattle supplements are working?
When you see your show cattle every day, it can be difficult to notice changes over time. Take a picture of each of your cattle every 2-4 weeks. If you’re looking for change in a specific area – like added body depth, condition or growth – it will be easiest to see by viewing their progress in snapshots over time.
The bottom line? Take your time learning how to use show cattle supplements. Let cattle tell you what they need and when. Then, look for a supplement targeted for your animal’s needs and give it time to work. With proper planning and the right supplements, you’ll see the payoff in the show ring.

If you have any further questions about feeding your cattle for the show season, contact us today. We have a lifestlye feed specialist who can help you and your feed needs!

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