Feed Management of Dairy Calves from Birth to Weaning

Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Type: PDF, Factsheet
Knowledge level: Introductory

Farm Table says:

This article breaks down the basic nutritional requirements of dairy calves to the point of weaning and explains risk factors that might cause health issues and prevent your calves from having the best start in life.

This fact sheet was produced by the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in 2009 and is an overview of feed management of dairy heifers from birth through to weaning.  It focuses on addressing nutrient requirements and encouraging rumen development rather than achieving a particular rate of gain.

Key sections include:

  • Colostrum and rumen development;
  • Feeding methods;
  • Concentrate and roughage;
  • Weaning.

It also includes information on minimising the risk of scours in young stock as well as basic remedies to overcome scours and reducing cross infection.

In conclusion, this fact sheet provides basic information on the feed requirements during the first 8-10 weeks of a calve’s life including management techniques to ensure they are in the best condition to commence the next stage of their life to the point of calving.

2009 - Australia - Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
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