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Don’t forget to develop the rumen

Mon, 09/15/2014

Calves need a steady supply of calf grain or starter to mature the rumen and prevent growth losses.

by Maggie Seiler, 2014 Hoard’s Dairyman Editorial Intern

Not long ago, calf care was a bit of an afterthought, and many young animals received a standard serving of milk that was adequate for survival and some growth. In the last several years, developments in calf rearing have allowed producers to take advantage of the high potential for growth during this period by feeding higher quality milk or milk replacer.

This movement toward accelerated calf growth has boosted weaning weights and reduced weaning ages, while automatic feeders and group housing management strategies have aided the process. However, high milk consumption does not equate to rapid rumen development. Read more

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