Calf manure was looser than what they expected, and sometimes the milk replacer would thicken on the top and calves didn’t want to drink it.
Today, the Cooks still feed an accelerated milk replacer, wean at six weeks, and are happy with the results.
According to Jennifer Cook, you must:
Use a precise measure when mixing up milk replacer in an accelerated program.
Show patience. Calves tend to start eating calf starter a little later than they would under a traditional rearing program. But when they do, their appetite is good.
- Keep good records, so that adjusted amounts of milk replacer can be fed as the calves age.