Feeding Whole or Rolled Corn with Pelleted Supplement to Holstein Steers from Weaning to 190 Kilograms

Hugh Chester-Jones, D. M. Ziegler, J. C. Meiske

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Abstract

Performances of two groups of 36 weanling 39-d-old Holstein steer calves (50 kg BW) were evaluated when fed either whole or rolled corn at a constant 3:1 ratio with a pelleted 29% CP supplement for 127 d. Steers were fed diets containing either rolled or whole corn for the entire feeding period or a diet based on rolled corn fed for 56 d replaced by whole corn for the remaining 71 d. Average daily gain and feed:gain ratio for the first 56 d were .87, 2.68; .81, 2.69; and .86 kg, 2.72 for calves assigned to the whole, rolled, and rolled-whole diets, respectively. From d 57 to 127, calves fed the whole corn gained 7.2% faster than those fed the rolled corn. Average DMI, average daily gain, and feed:gain ratio for the 127-d study were 3.41, 1.12, 3.08; 3.27, 1.05, 3.11; and 3.45 kg, 1.10 kg, 3.14 (wt/wt) for calves fed the whole, rolled, and rolled-whole diets, respectively, Whole corn and pelleted supplement promoted good calf performance during the growing period to 191 kg BW, which precluded the need for processing the grain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1765-1771
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Dairy Science
Volume74
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1991

Keywords

  • ADG
  • Holstein steers
  • ME
  • NE
  • RC
  • RW
  • WC
  • average daily gain
  • corn
  • metabolizable energy
  • net energy
  • pelleted supplement
  • rolled corn
  • rolled-whole corn
  • whole corn

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