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Show Heifer Developer 

Why Show Heifer Developer feed is ideal for your show heifers

SHM Heifer Developer Bag - Large - GIFFeeding show heifers is an art form that requires just the right amount of conditioning to ensure the proper physical development, weight gain and desired visual appearance at show time. Show Heifer Developer feed has been specially formulated as a sole ration to help do just that.

  • Advanced protein and amino acid nutrition: Unlocks the heifer’s potential for muscle growth and development with select sources of non-degradable and rumen degradable proteins to promote rumen microbial growth and help furnish the best complement of essential amino acids.
  • Optimal energy nutrition: Matches the heifer’s growing energy needs with multiple sources of energy during the growing phase and as weight gains shift from muscle to condition. Showmaster® Heifer Developer- feed supports efficient development and conditioning with reduced risk of digestive upsets (off-feed problems, acidosis, burnout) sometimes seen when excessive cereal grains are fed.
  • Optimal trace minerals: Proteinated copper, zinc, manganese and cobalt are used to provide highly bioavailable sources of these key trace minerals for protein synthesis and energy utilization and to help maintain tissue integrity, support the immune system response and help maintain show condition of hair coat and hide.
  • Rumen and Gut Health Technology: Helps improve feed intake and helps reduce risk of digestive upsets and burnout over long feeding periods.

Before You Feed

Before you feed your heifer

The complete feeding directions below will help you put together a winning strategy for your heifer, but first you need to calculate the following:

  • Total weight gain needed: Use the estimated mature weight for your heifer in the targeted weight schedule below to determine the targeted breeding or calving weight of your heifer.
  • Subtract your heifer’s starting weight from the targeted breeding or calving weight:  ______ pounds
  • Targeted average daily gain: Divide the total weight gain needed by the number of days until your targeted date for breeding or calving: _____ pounds
  • Targeted daily feed intake: Check the Feeding Rate Schedule below using the starting weight of your heifer and the targeted average daily gain: _____ pounds

Be sure to subtract the weight of your feed container when you weigh your feed.

Target breeding and first calving weights for heifers of varying mature weights:

Estimated
Mature Weight
Minimum Breeding
Weight (14 Months)
Minimum Weight At First
Calving (24 Months)
1000 650 850
1100 715 935
1200 780 1020
1300 845 1105
1400 910 1190
1500 975 1275

 
Show heifers should be fed to achieve adequate body condition at show time. As a result, show heifers will often exceed the average daily gain needed to reach these minimum targets.

Feeding Directions

Feeding directions

Starting heifers

  • At the start of the feeding period, fill heifers on hay and gradually introduce Show Heifer Developer feed over time by starting with two to three pounds the first day, divided into two equal feedings.
  • Increase feed by one to one and a half pounds per day, with corresponding decreases in hay until full feed intake is achieved as determined by the feeding rate schedule.
  • Once heifers are on full feed, all hay may be eliminated and Show Heifer Developer feed should be hand fed a minimum of twice a day.

On full feed

  • Feed should always be available but should be limited to an amount that is completely consumed before the next feeding.
  • Remove any feed not consumed during the feeding period and reduce the amount of feed in proportion to the amount left over.
  • If increasing the amount of feed, limit this increase to one pound or less.
  • Daily feed should be divided into two or more equal feedings and the time of feeding should be consistent from day to day.

Feeding Schedule

Show Heifer Developer feeding schedule

Minimum daily feeding rate of Show Heifer Developer feed to help achieve target average daily gain for heifers of varying weights.

Target average daily gain 1.0 - 1.7

Weight 1.0 1.5 1.6 1.7
500 10.9 12.3 12.6 12.8
550 11.5 13.0 13.3 13.6
600 12.1 13.8 14.1 14.4
650 12.8 14.5 14.8 15.2
700 13.4 15.2 15.6 15.9
750 14.0 15.9 16.3 16.6
800 14.5 16.6 17.0 17.4
850 15.1 17.2 17.7 18.1
900 15.7 17.9 18.3 18.8
950 16.3 18.5 19.0 19.5
1000 16.8 19.2 19.7 20.1

Target average daily gain 1.8 - 2.1

Weight 1.8 1.9 2.0 2.1
500 13.1 13.4 13.7 14.0
550 13.9 14.2 14.5 14.8
600 14.7 15.1 15.4 15.7
650 15.5 15.9 16.2 16.5
700 16.3 16.6 17.0 17.4
750 17.0 17.4 17.8 18.2
800 17.8 18.2 18.6 19.0
850 18.5 18.9 19.3 19.8
900 19.2 19.7 20.1 20.5
950 19.9 20.4 20.8 21.3
1000 20.6 21.1 21.6 22.1

Target average daily gain 2.2 - 2.5

Weight 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5
500 14.3 14.5 14.8 15.1
550 15.2 15.5 15.8 16.1
600 16.0 16.4 16.7 17.0
650 16.9 17.2 17.6 17.9
700 17.7 18.1 18.5 18.8
750 18.6 18.9 19.3 19.7
800 19.4 19.8 20.2 20.6
850 20.2 20.6 21.0 21.4
900 21.0 21.4 21.9 22.3
950 21.8 22.2 22.7 23.1
1000 22.5 23.0 23.5 24.0

 

Important: This feed is available in a medicated form. Please refer to the tag on the bag for important information and instructions related to medication, including proper feeding instructions and any cautions, warnings and limitations that may apply.

Important management tips

  • Check weight gains at set time intervals and adjust daily feeding rate as needed to ensure targeted weight gains are reached.
  • Calculate weight gains at a rate that will provide consistent growth to reach target breeding weight.
  • Water should be clean, fresh and available at all times.

Please refer to the bag tag for important information!

Guaranteed Analysis

Showmaster Products are formulated and sold regionally. Please see your part of the country for the guaranteed analysis of the product available to you.

Region Crude Protein Min. Crude Fat Min. Crude Fiber Max.
North East 12.5% 5.5% 18.5%
South Central 13.0% 3.0% 16.5%
South East 13.0% 3.0% 16.5%
Upper Midwest 12.5% 5.0% 15.0%
West - - -

Product Sheet

Showmaster Heifer Developer

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