Creep feeding of calves obviously requires a decent return on investment (ROI), taking into account increased costs incurred and conservative market pricing.

Expected ROI’s can vary from 4:1 to 1.5:1, depending on many factors like animal type – such as young bulls, castrated males or heifers - starting date of feeding, or type of creep feed offered, market price and Creep feed price, each of these considered, can add profit to the business.

For those farmers who weigh calves at birth and or weaning, it is easier to work out if creep feeding calves have left improved profit, however below we look at an average worked example for the year ahead over a 100 day creep feeding period.

Creep feeding - financial benefit example

Next week we will look at type of Creep feed and options available.