creep feeding, nutrients, nursing calves
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Creep feeding is a way to provide nursing calves with supplemental nutrients with the use of a gate that restricts the access of cows to the feeding area. The type of creep feeds available vary from grain-based feeds that primarily supplement energy, to limit-fed high-protein feeds, to “green creeps,” which are high-quality pastures grown for the sole purpose of grazing by nursing calves. Creep feeding for the purpose of increasing weaning weight alone may not be profitable; therefore, the decision to creep feed calves should be based on the analysis of expected increases in performance and income compared to the cost of feed.
Mousel, Eric; Wright, Cody; Walker, Julie; and Gessner, Heather, "Creep Feeding Beef Calves" (2010). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 94.