http://www.beeftech.com/gfx/q.gifI have a nieghbor that raises elk. He just weaned some calves and is having a difficult time getting them to eat. He offers creep while still with the cow, But suspects they weren't eating it well. What do you recommend for a weaning ration, and get them to eat it?

--Tim

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Elk prefer fiber to grains. I would recommend using high quality fiber feed such as beet pulp, soy hulls, or sunflower hulls. Weanling elk would also probably need 1/2 pound soy meal per day plus about 1/2 - 1 pound of oats, depending on their size.

-- Chuck Hurst

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http://www.beeftech.com/gfx/q.gifWHAT ARE THE NUTRITIONAL NEEDS OF WHITETAIL DEER? (WILD DEER, NOT PEN DEER) PLEASE INCLUDE INFO ON PROTEIN, MINERAL, VITAMIN, AND OTHER NEEDS. IS POT ASH OK TO USE FOR A DEER ATTRACTANT? DO YOU HAVE A "HOME RECIPE" FOR A QUALITY DEER ATTRACTANT? THANKING YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR TIME. RICK PERRON OAKLAND, MD

--RICK PERRON

http://www.beeftech.com/gfx/a.gifNutritional needs of "wild" deer are approximately the same as sheep or goats of the same weight. They are very efficient users of fiber.

A great deer attractant is any well designed mineral intended for use with cattle.

-- Chuck Hurst

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http://www.beeftech.com/gfx/q.gifI have a deer park with 50+ heads of fallow deer and I would like to improve their weights and antler development. I've learned that I can do this through the mineral content in the food I give them. My question is: What minerals do I give them, what monthly ratio should I feed them at and where do I get my hands on these minerals? Sincerely, Chris Carlander chriscarlander@hotmail.com

--Chris Carlander

http://www.beeftech.com/gfx/a.gifI reccommend using a high phosphorus mineral designed for beef or sheep. Usually anout 12% Phosphorus, 5-8% calcium. Make sure the minerals are palitable and contain any micronutrients that may be endemically deficient in your area, i.e. Selenium, zinc, or copper.

-- Chuck Hurst

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http://www.beeftech.com/gfx/q.gifChuck, My question is, I live in northwestern Wisconsin I hunt as much as i can. Our hunting group has been doing deer management for about 5 years now its gotten alot better hunting out there. There is only one cornfield out there about a mile west of my land we were wondering what kind of nutrients and minerals could make our whitetails grow get bigger and grow bigger horns? My email is jacobaa@hotmail.com thanks for your time and coopertation hope to hear from u soon.

--jake anderson

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-- Chuck Hurst

Chuck My name is Ann Pfeffer and I called you on 12/11 about getting infomation on a feeding program for a friends elk. He has one 40+ acre pen for just cows calves and one breeder bull. About 25 head total, he is feeding hay and some ground feed. Can you suggest what and how much to feed per animal based on the fact that the cows should be breed. I did find the feeding suggestions from the elk breeders home page. Do you agree with these guide lines? What do you think of Haylage or Balelage? We have been vacc. and deworming on a regular basis. Thank You Chuck

--Ann Pfeffer

I find that the hay and grain recommendations you refer to are sound. Elk have a natural ability to digest very coarse feeds and very little ability to digest processed grains. The best grain type supplement I've found is wheat millrun, a byproduct of the flour industry.>The minerals seem to be the most important supplement for elk. Use a high phosphorus mineral designed for your local area (they usually provide the proper levels of zinc, selenium, copper, and manganese to match local deficiencies or toxicities).

-- Chuck Hurst

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