How To Support Feed Efficiency

How To Support Feed Efficiency

Lick Blocks For Every Stage Of Growth

SweetPro supplements can give you excellent feed efficiency as shown in university studies on feed costs research. That means you'll save not only in cost of feed, but also in feed handling and storage. If your livestock are range fed, using SweetPro lick blocks will allow you to handle more livestock on the same land.

Two key factors in supporting your feed efficiency are selecting the proper SweetPro block and assessing the feed value of your forage. The Illinois Agronomy Handbooks provide some information below, and we offer our guide for matching cattle size and forage conditions with the optimum SweetPro supplement block.

For all livestock, you may also want to visit our page on How To Select The Right Product. For beef and dairy cattle, here are some helpful hints:

Relative Feed Value (RFV) of Forages

Prime – over 151
Premium – 125 to 150
Good – 103 to 124
Fair – 87 to 102
Poor – 75 to 86
Reject – 74 and below

Forage quality is impacted greatly by stage of maturity. As forage crops mature the nutritive value declines. With increasing maturity, the acid detergent fiber (ADF) and neutral detergent fiber (NDF) increases and crude protein (CP) decreases. Relative feed value (RFV) is an index that reflects the fiber fractions, which dictate potential digestible dry matter feed intake. The higher the RFV, the higher quality feed value is obtained from the forage. RFV ranks forages relative to the digestible dry matter intake of full bloom alfalfa (RFV of 100, ADF of 41, and NDF of 53). RFV declines (number gets smaller) with maturity..... Illinois Agronomy Handbooks.

Beef and Dairy Cattle

250 to 450 lbs (114 to 204 kg) • Starter (U.S. and Canada) • Also for receiving stressed stockers

400 to 650 lbs (181 to 294 kg) • Cattle Kandi (U.S. and Canada) • Also used on cows in lush pasture

650 to 1,000 lbs (294 to 453 kg) • SweetPro 16 • Most versatile tub, great for heifers

650 to 1,000 lbs (294 to 453 kg) • SweetPro 16-24 (for Canada only) • Most versatile tub, great for heifers

1,000 to 1,400 lbs (453 to 635 kg) • FiberMate 18 (U.S. and Canada) • When forage quality is fair to good

1,000 to 1,450+ lbs (453 to 657+ kg) • FiberMate 20 (U.S. and Canada) • When forage quality is poor

1,000 to 1,450+ lbs (453 to 657+ kg) • Super 25 • When forage quality is very poor

1,000 to 1,450+ lbs (453 to 657+ kg) • Magnum • When forage quality is very poor or quantity is limited

400 to 1,000 lbs (181 to 453 kg) • Pasture Ranger (U.S. and Canada) • For grazing alfalfa and wheat pastures

PowerMate • For first calf heifers, brood cows, stocker cattle

PowerMate II • For brood cows, stocker cows, stocker cattle

1,000 to 1,450+ lbs (453 to 657+ kg) • Dry Cow • Anionic dairy dry cow and beef breeder

1,000 to 1,450+ lbs (453 to 657+ kg) • BreedMate (for Canada only) • Dairy dry cow and beef breeder

Mineral EX • With extra vitamins, minerals and ProBiotein

Mineral Ex II (for Canada only) • With extra vitamins, minerals and ProBiotein

Fresh Start • For dairy and beef lactation and finishing rations, and to help get your show animals to the winner's circle


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