Once-a-day milk or milk replacer feeding is not a new concept, but it is not widely adopted. A recent article in the Penn State Dairy Digest revisits this feeding practice. The PennState authors say the practice yields the following advantages:

  • Better starter-grain intake.
  • Growth rates and health are the same as calves fed twice daily.
  • Feed efficiency is similar to calves fed twice daily.
  • Reduced labor needs.
  • Enables early weaning.

Wait until calves reach two weeks of age to implement such a program. That’s when calves begin to rely on their developing rumens for energy.