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Our 5 Tips for Feeding Show Cattle the Right Way

If you’re raising show cattle, you definitely know that it can be a challenge just making sure they gain weight, have shiny coats, and look healthy.

Looking for the best way to keep your cattle show-worthy and ready for the next local fair? Here are five tips to help you maximize your cattle’s potential!

Tip # 1: Check the quality of the feed you’re giving your cattle

You can buy cattle with great genetics, but you can’t buy a champion. You have to raise a champion. And if you want to raise a champion, you have to make sure that you’re feeding your cattle with food worthy of being one. The best way to do that is by establishing and following a solid cattle nutrition program.

Before picking out a specific feed for your cattle, make sure that you check out the ingredient list of that product. Consider product reviews as well as the expertise of the manufacturer. That should help you choose the right quality feed.

Still not sure what feed to choose for your show cattle?  Give us a call and we can discuss the best program for your cattle!  Here’s some of what we at Martin’s Feed Mill recommend! We also carry some great supplements like Formula of Champion's Moonshine, Formula of Champions Hard Drive, and Show and Glow products for July. Keeping cattle happy is our expertise, so feel free to reach out to us for professional advice on the best feeds for your cattle!

Tip # 2: Make sure that you’re consistent with feeding your cattle

How much you feed your cattle each day can have a huge effect on their overall health. But it’s not all about what you’re feeding your cattle with, it’s also about how consistent you are with feeding them. 

Livestock experts recommend feeding your cattle around the same time each day. This will help them get the right amount of nutrition each day, contrary to just allowing them to eat when they want to.

And while we’re still on topic, it’s also crucial that you stay consistent in giving your cattle access to clean, fresh water at all times. This is especially true during the summer season, when your cattle is at a higher risk of getting dehydrated.

Tip # 3: Make sure your cattle has a food buddy

Just like humans, your cattle need some companionship, too! It may sound surprising, but did you know that cattle actually eat better when they have a companion to eat with? 

But here’s the catch. 

Some cattle eat slower, or faster, than others, so it would be best to feed your cattle separately while having them placed next to each other for companionship. That way, they won’t feel that they’re alone while eating, and they’ll get to feed on the right amount of food as well.

Tip # 4: Keep track of progress

You may already have the perfect nutrition plan in mind for your cattle, but reality can still turn out differently than what you expect. So if you’re not seeing the results you want in your cattle even after religiously following your nutrition plan, don’t be afraid to make changes! Your cattle may respond better to a different type or amount of feed. 

The best way to track progress is to monitor the weight of your cattle each week. Make changes based on what you see your cattle needs. Keep in mind too that each animal can have different feeding behaviors, so there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all plan for adequate nutrition.

Tip # 5: Work towards a goal

When establishing a cattle nutrition plan, you need to make sure that you’re creating one with a specific strategy in mind. And by ‘specific’, we mean having a target weight and a step-by-step plan on how to achieve your goals by a particular date. And this plan should start from the day you start feeding your calf.

Remember, the judges will base their evaluations on what they see and how your cattle performs during the actual show. So, start working on maximizing your cattle’s potential today! 

It’s going to require a lot of dedication and consistency on your part, but all the hard work you’ll put in will eventually pay off when your cattle finally wins the award you’ve been eyeing.


Get high-quality feed for your show cattle at Martin’s Feed Mill! Reach out to us today at 814-349-8787, or drop by our store located at 534 Main Street, Coburn, PA 16832 from Mondays to Saturdays.