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Debbie Preston conducts periodic spot checks on the amount of milk delivered to calves at Galeton Dairy in Galeton, Colo. This keeps calf feeders on their toes, prevents procedural drift and demonstrates the importance of getting the right amount of milk into each calf. Pre-weaned calves are fed to achieve a rate of gain of 1.7 to 1.8 pounds per day. Since increasing the amount of nutrients fed, the dairy has seen lower morbidity and mortality rates. Pre-weaned calf mortality now stands at 1.5 percent.



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