Calf feed – an unconventional approach

Over the last couple of years the importance of calf rearing has been talked about in depth. We are all familiar with the arguments for increased levels of milk powder to ensure the best start and debate about protein levels of milk powder and the age old arguments of skim verses whey powders.

The debate now has moved on to that of solid feed, with the aim of maximising intakes and rumen development. The practice of increasing powder intakes has created a dilemma and in some cases caused a problem on farm. The fact that it decreases intake of solid feed, and when we do eventually wean them they have the potential to go backwards for a few weeks, negating the good work we have done by increasing the levels of powder into the calf.

Read the article in our February issue of Tomorrow’s Farmer.