A look at once-a-day calf feeding

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There are advantages and challenges of feeding calves once per day in a group-feeding system, says Brad Heins, assistant professor of dairy and animal science at the University of Minnesota.

If you choose to adopt this feeding-management approach, restrict the range of age and size of calves within a group, when possible.

“One week range works well,” Heins says. “More than three weeks increases milk feeding cost for the group, as weaning is based on the youngest calf in the group.”

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