Milk Replacer

Intensified Feeding Programs for Calves

Intensified feeding of calves for accelerated growth is a hot topic in calf management. These programs involve feeding of more milk replacer than in conventional programs, such that calves consume about twice as much dry milk replacer solids. One advantage of these programs is to enable heifers to grow to breeding size earlier. Disadvantages include increased costs for milk replacer and increased attention needed at the time of weaning to ensure adequate consumption of dry feed.

Take a Long View of Calves: Treat them nice as babies, and they will grow up to be better adults.

Old habits die hard” is sometimes a huge understatement in the dairy industry, especially when it involves basic management practices that have been used for generations without being re-examined in the light of new information, methods, and tools. It's a situation that many milk producers may not even realize is a problem, let alone one that can cost them thousands of dollars per year.

Feeding milk replacer 3x per day weans calves earlier

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The calves you’re feeding today are the cows you’ll be milking tomorrow so it’s important to feed them the best, according to Land O Lake’s young animal technical manager, Dr. Susan Day.


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