January 2015
Product Spotlight

Creep Feeding

Creep feeding is the managerial practice of supplying supplemental feed to a nursing calf. Feed is provided in a creep feeder with some type of physical barrier preventing cows from having access to the supplemental feed. Milk from a lactating beef cow furnishes only about 50 percent of the nutrients that a 3-4-month-old calf needs for maximum growth. The remaining nutrients must come from elsewhere if the calf is to realize its genetic potential for growth. Creep feeding management practices may be equally applied to other species such as horses, goats, sheep, etc.

Tarter Gate: 650# (C65F) and 1000# (C10F) stationary feeders feature Tarter’s E-Coat red finish for long life. These are ideal for small- to medium-sized herds.

Tarter 140 bushel (C140WC) and 165 bushel (FM165WC) portable creep feeders offer larger capacity for larger herds, feed door lids that open from the ground, heaviest cages on the market and a powder-coat finish for long life.


Priefert Ranch Equipment: 750# (CFC) is a stationary creep feeder featuring Priefert’s architectural-grade powder coat finish with UV inhibitors over galvanized metal for increased resistance to rust and corrosion.

Your local Quality Co-op store has access to these feeders as well as high-quality creep feeds for your herd. Recommended creep feeds include: CPC grower 13R, Formax Stocker 13, Formax Stocker 12 and Formax Grower 12.

John Sims is a products specialist for AFC’s Feed, Farm, Home department. He can be contacted at 256-260-3433 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..