Kennedy is feeding the mixed set of calves about one and a half pounds per day of the 100% DDG creep pellets in a short grass trap with a hay bale. In the past, he says he always used a preconditioning feed to start calves like this.
“I’m a believer in those products, but they have to eat 5 pounds of it,” Kennedy says. “These little starved calves, you couldn’t stuff 5 pounds in them when they get off the trailer.”
“With this DDG pellet, if I can just get them to get a bit of it, in a day or two I’ve got them eating a handful. And once I get them to eat a handful, it’s no big deal to get them to a pound and a half. There’s enough energy that will kick in on that calf, it gets the gut rolling.”
Most of the calves turn around and gain quickly once he gets them started, Kennedy said.
“Some of these calves that take off and bloom will gain 100 pounds in ten days. They get filled up, get something in their gut and get rehydrated. It’s kind of impressive how some of them turn around in ten days.”