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ADM Animal Nutrition's Gro Fast Program is structured to attain desirable carcass traits through efficient daily gains and feed conversion. The research, formulation, and testing of Gro Fast products are instrumental in Gro Fast's feedlot success. From birth to market, producers can trust the Gro Fast Program to deliver Choice beef.
 

Why Produce Dairy Beef?

  • Holstein steers represent 15% of the total beef produced in the US

  • Consistent supply of calves year-round  -  reduces market risk and improves cash flow

  • When fed properly, Holstein steers easily grade Choice

  • Growth performance is more consistent; illness and death rate are generally lower than typical breeds

Same End Product, Different Growth Pattern (Figure 1)

  • Greater ability to marble with less external fat at similar body weights when fed properly.

  • Due to higher maintenance requirements, days on feed must be kept as low as possible.

  • To obtain most economical feed efficiency and cost gain, Holstein steers need to consume high-energy diets starting at an early age.

 


 

ADM Animal Nutrition's Gro Fast Program is structured to attain desirable carcass traits through efficient daily gains and feed conversion. The research, formulation, and testing of Gro Fast products are instrumental in Gro Fast's feedlot success. From birth to market, producers can trust the Gro Fast Program to deliver Choice beef.

The Gro Fast Program Meets Choice Beef Demand

  • Maximum dairy beef performance  -  The Gro Fast Program is tailored to make the most of dairy beef's genetic potential to deposit large amount of lean tissue efficiently and quickly.

  • Promotes high-yielding carcasses  -  Gro Fast helps promote proper protein and fat deposition to produce high grade and yield carcasses.

  • Program flexibility  -  With its product line-up, the Gro Fast Program offers producers flexibility. Choose the Gro Fast supplements which complement the feeding programs.

  • Low level of roughage  -  A minimum amount of roughage is needed to promote stable digestion, which promotes feed utilization and efficiency.

  • High-energy program  -  To achieve fast, efficient gains, Gro Fast grow/finishing programs are based on high-energy feedstuffs fortified with protein sources, essential macro and trace minerals, and vitamins.

  • Maintains stable, consistent feed intake  -  Utilizing a small amount of roughage in diets maintains a stable, consistent feed intake, especially when cattle are exposed to adverse weather conditions.

  • Promotes feed efficiency  -  Ionophore options are available to further promote feed efficiency.

Research

 

The Roughage Factor

Research consistently shows improved average daily gains (ADG) when low amounts of roughage are fed to growing/finishing dairy beef. Feeding 2 lb/head/day of hay resulted in an ADG increase of 0.2 to 0.3 over a no roughage program. This increased gain can reduce the number of days to market by 30 days or more.
 


 

Field Research
Field data indicate excellent growth and feed conversion of starting calves on the GroFast Program
 


 

Start to Finish Research
Holstein steers on the GroFast Program have excellent feed conversion, gains, and dressing percentage.
 


 

The Gro Fast Program

Birth to Weaning
ADM Animal Nutrition's milk replacers offer superior mixing technology for consistent nutrition and performance. Several milk replacer options are available to accommodate specific performance and management needs.  High-quality, complete starters with varying protein levels give calves a performance boost. Gro Fast Starter Concentrate (34639) is available for use with homegrown grain.

Weaning to 350 lb
The Gro Fast Program is a simple, effective program, which utilizes Step 1 and Step 2 products, grain, and forage to boost early calf performance.
 

Features

 Benefits

All-natural protein

 High-quality, all-natural proteins maximize protein digestibility to optimize growth and performance.

Prosponse® yeast

 Stimulates rumen development and feed intake

Flavor enhanced

 Stimulates consistent intake of Step 1 and 2 products to ensure optimal growth and performance.

Mineral and vitamin fortified

 Provides macro and trace minerals and vitamins necessary for optimum growth and proper immune system function.

  • Gro Fast Step 1 (Product No. 34628)

  • Gro Fast Step 2 (Product No. 34629)

Medicated options are available.
Feeding rate varies depending on product and medication.


 

Arrival Stage
For newly arrived calves, ADM Animal Nutrition's Arrival Programs, including N-Vigor8TM and Stressfighter® products, keep calves on the fast track, giving them an edge on fast, efficient gains in the feedlot.

Growing/Finishing
The Gro Fast Program for calves from 400 lb to market centers on providing an energy rich diet with limited roughage fortified with high-quality protein sources, non-protein nitrogen (NPN) for ration economy (non-NPN forms are also available), and minerals and vitamins to support rumen and animal requirements  -  designed specifically for dairy beef to achieve fast, economical, efficient gains. To efficiently utilize and incorporate by-products in dairy beef rations, choose Gro Fast By-Product Balancer.
 

Gro Fast Grow/Finish Concentrates
 

Features

Benefits

Formulated for a low-forage feeding program (1-2 lb long-stemmed hay equivalent) with full feed corn



All-natural or urea-containing formulas available

 



Fortified with all needed vitamins and minerals, including potassium, calcium, and selenium

Produces the most efficient cost per pound of gain; promotes development of desirable carcass on large-frame dairy beef.

Ability to match feeding preferences and provide the most economical cost per pound of gain.

Supplements a high-corn ration with essential nutrients cattle normally receive from forages.

  • Gro Fast 48/16 (Product No. 34635)

  • Gro Fast 48/24 (Product No. 34641)

  • Gro Fast 38/13 (Product No. 34643)

  • Gro Fast 38 (Product No. 34644)

Feeding rate is 2-2.5 lb/hd/day.
Ionophore options are available.


 

Gro Fast By-Product Balancer
 

Features

Benefits

Formulated for a low-forage feeding program (1-2 lb long-stemmed hay equivalent) with full feed corn

Contains urea


Added thiamine


Fortified with all needed vitamins and minerals, including potassium, calcium, and selenium

Produces the most efficient cost per pound of gain; promotes development of desirable carcass on large-frame dairy beef.

Provides the most economical cost per pound of gain.

Maximize gain and feed efficiency; helps deter polioencephalomalacia.

Corrects calcium to phosphorus ratio and supplies added potassium for maximum intake and metabolism, which is important when wet corn gluten is used in diets.

  • 34637 Gro Fast 48/16 By-Product Balancer

Feeding rate is 1-1.5 lb/hd/day.
Ionophore options are available.

 

Refer to feed tags for usage rates and feeding instructions.
 

No representation of profitability is hereby made. The statements and figures shown here are estimates and projections. Neither ADM Animal Nutrition, Inc., nor its employees, agents, or assigns make any warranty of any kind, including warranty of merchantability or results, relative to the information contained herein. Actual results will be affected by the ability of animals to gain, health of animals, management, previous treatment, environment, etc.

 

 

 

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