Herd Feed vs. Show Feed

Jun 09, 2022


Deciding what to feed your show livestock during the summer can often be one of the most challenging questions to answer.

Scott Kilber, Agtegra Feed Manager, suggests starting by analyzing how competitive you’re looking to be in the show ring to aid in making summer feed decisions.

If you’re looking to strictly have fun without the added cost of show feed, Kilber recommends sticking to your herd feed for the convenience factor.

But if you’re looking to chase some banners and be more competitive, he recommends making the switch to show feed, which allows you to target specific areas on your livestock and dial them in to look their best for each show.

Kilber also recommends working with a Dakotaland Feeds Specialist to help make the best nutrition choice for your livestock. However, nutrition is not the only important aspect to your show season. Kilber also recommends working with your veterinarian to make sure your livestock’s overall health isup to par.  

Looking for that competitive edge? Here are Kilber’s feed recommendations for each species:

Cattle:
  • HS Finishing Touch – A complete, balanced diet formulated for optimum growth and development of show cattle during finishing.
Sheep:
  • HSC Showlamb Grower DX – A complete balanced, high-energy feed for growing show lambs and breeding sheep. The best part about this feed is that can be used both for your herd and your show livestock.
Goat:
  • HS Impulse Goat R20 – Balanced nutrition for today’s modern show goats, featuring cutting edge nutrition with the latest research technology from Purina Nutrition Center. This feed helps support rapid growth and expressive muscle development.
 Pig:
  • Supplements - Pigs are one of the more challenging species to feed, but a variety of supplements are available to feed with a base diet of corn and soybean meal to get the best show.
Poultry:
  • HSC Poultry Grow Finish Amp .125 – A nutritionally complete and balanced ration for growing broilers from 22 days to finish and turkeys from 15 weeks to finish. This 22% protein diet is designed to finish the development of chickens and turkeys to their full genetic potential for shows.
Rabbit:
  • Rabbit Show – This complete, balanced diet supports proper development, vibrant fur and reproduction. This feed is formulated without corn, with added soybean oil for vibrant fur quality and all the vitamins and minerals rabbits need to live a happy, healthy life.
Feeding show animals doesn't have to be confusing. Contact your nearest Agtegra feed location or Dakotaland Feeds representative today to learn more about what will work best for your show string!
 

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