have a 4-H steer.It's a black angus. What is the best diet for him? what should I expect in prices at the fair this year?

--jake would feed him 1 1/2 % of his body weight in rolled grain, plus all the alfalfa he can eat. Then about 90 days before fair time increase his grain to 2% of his body weight and feed him 1 cup of corn oil per day.

He should also have a protein / mineral supplement that has high calcium (12-18%)and about 25% protein. Also it would be nice if the supplement had Bovatec in it so he would be more efficeint.

-- Chuck Hurst old should steers be when shown?could you send me some instructions on clipping a black-brangus steer.i would appreciate any other show tips (i've never shown a steer before)thanks ,my e-mail address is mike2453

--meagan am no an expert at showing or where to show your animals. Check your local county agent for that. If you e-mail me with your e-mail address I will send you tips on Feeding 4H steers.

-- Chuck Hurst am feeding four steers for my 4-H and FFA project. My sister is trying to help me come up with the right ration for them, but I don't understand the difference between using Bovatec and/or Rumensin. Right now they are being feed a corn/oats/sweet feed diet. (2:1:2). Any help you give us would help a great deal. Thank you for your time. Hannah Raatz

--Hannah Raatz and Rumensin work in different ways to accomplish the same performance goal. Bovatec increases gains with the same amount of feed, which improves conversion and cost of gain. Rumensin decreases consumption while maintaining the same gains, also improving conversion and cost of gain.

I would reccommend using Bovatec in 4H steers because it is more palitable and incidence of complications with consumption are never a problem, as can be the case with Rumensin.

If you are having problems with bloat, Rumensin can sometimes be the better feed additive, however this problem can be easily overcome by feeding automatic dishwasher detergent to your steer at the rate of 1/2 ounce per day.


-- Chuck Hurst you e mail me any information on bovine acidosis? I am trying to raise a 4H steer. I have done this in the past and had very good success. This year, my steer seems to have a delicate system. He is off his feed much of the time. Now he has been sick for days, obviously in stomach pain, diarrhea, and a hemoroid? The vet just gave him a shot and says use baking soda in a drench. We have done all that and yet, he seems no better. He has not eaten in days and the little progress I have made with him is now going backwards. He is a pretty calf and a sweet one. I had high hopes for showing him, but now I am upset, scared, and discouraged. Any information you could send me would be greatly appreciated

--Cody Eubanks; There is a great chance that you have made your steer "feed sick" by feeding too much grain or increasing the grain too quickly.

Your Vet is right about the Soda Bicarb, but the steer probably now has a "dead" rumen, meaning that the microflora in the rumen are seriously lacking in proper numbers and ratios.

At this point your best bet would be to either purchase a good probiotic from your feed store and feed a triple dose the first day. Another way to do it is to get some rumen material (paunch) from a slaughter house or dairy close to you.

Continue feeding Bicarb at about 2 oz. per day mixed in the grain. The steer should not get much more than 0.5% of his body weight of grain (if he weighs 700 pounds he should get 3.5 pounds of grain)at this point, plus good quality alfalfa hay. Soybean hulls (2-3 pounds per day) would also help.

Please remember that your steer may have ruined his rumen and may never fully recover. If this is the case you may want to get a new steer if you still have time.

If you have any more questions please write.

-- Chuck Hurst