The Importance of a calf’s first meal

The Importance of a calf’s first meal

Colostrum is the first milk produced after a cow gives birth; it is a nutrient dense, immunoglobulin rich milk designed for the newborn calf.  Delivering that milk with care is the key to ensuring that a calf’s immune system (immature at birth) starts to develop. ...
Feeding Jersey Calves

Feeding Jersey Calves

General Recommendations: Always feed colostrum, the more the calf gets before 6 hours of birth the better o   Aim for 4 litres within 6 hours and then another 2 litres before 24 hours o  Colostrum can be fed for several days and there is some evidence that colostrum...
Optimizing your calf feeding program

Optimizing your calf feeding program

The terms accelerated and enhanced have been used over the past 15 years to describe an increased plane of nutrition in calves. However, calves require that increased nutrition in order to optimize growth. Moreover, production objectives such as: decreasing age at...
Colostrum: The Most Important Meal

Colostrum: The Most Important Meal

high quality PDF of this information Newborn animals are vulnerable to infection and disease. Immunoglobulins (Ig’s) are the first defence against disease and necessary for stimulation of the immune system. Young ruminants (calves, lambs, kids) are born with...
Automatic Calf Feeders and Group Housing

Automatic Calf Feeders and Group Housing

Principles and Experience Introduction Producers have traditionally raised calves in individual pens or hutches. This rearing system has had advantages of individual feeding, observation and reduced risk of cross-contamination. It is however, still labour intensive....

Veal calf feeding and pre-feed checking

This information is inteneded for those raising veal calves, housed individually. Calves should be fed twice everyday. Missed feeding means missed growth. Calves should be fed as close to 9-12 hours apart as possible for optimum appetite and digestion. These times...
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