Are your calves ready for Accuration?

August 5, 2019



In the past two weeks, creep feed has been moving out of our CVA mills in Northeast Nebraska at a steady pace.  I've also been getting a lot of calls asking when to transition to the intake modifier, Accuration. Lots of windshield time north, south, and west in Nebraska has allowed me to body condition score cattle and evaluate pasture conditions all over the state. From my view, I believe that creep feeding, then transitioning into Accuration, as well as a supplement, such as a high-fat or protein tub, for cows, could prove to be beneficial. Quality mineral programs and protein are going to help our cows going into fall.

A large number of cattle producers in my territory started creep feeding the beginning of June. Calves took to the creep right away, but not in large amounts. Once the hot spell kicked in, I found that our calves at home have increased to that 5-6 lbs. per head per day intake. Before making the transition to Accuration, it is recommended that each calf consumers at least 120 lbs. of creep. To start the transition, fill feeders 1/3 to ½ full of creep feed with an 80/20 mix (80% rolled/ground corn split and 20% Accuration Range Supplement) placed on top of the creep feed. The Purina creep feed is a pellet, and the Accuration meal and corn can work its way down through the pellets making for a slow transition that's safe and easy on the calf.

Some producers hesitate or decline when I bring up Accuration because they have heard that it makes calves to "fleshy" when they get to the sale barn as there is often a fish smell associated with the modifier. To prevent this issue, it's important to track intakes and work through the steps. Besides 80/20 choice, we have options such as 70/30, or even 60/40, to help keep calves consuming 1% of their body weight.

Keep in mind this method of self-feeding requires the calves to have a source of roughage such as hay or pasture. If there is a hay shortage and a producer still wants to self-feed, there are complete feed options available. A high-quality mineral program is going to be essential this year for getting cows rebred. Take time to drive through your cow herd and evaluate their body condition as fall harvest will be here before we know it and it’s hard to get cows caught up prior to snowfall.  For additional questions about the Accuration programs, contact your local Central Valley Ag feed sales specialist or contact me at brandi.salestrom@cvacoop.com.


by Brandi Salestrom
Posted: 8/5/2019 9:38:14 AM by Kristin Petersen | with 0 comments