Milk fed to calves in an ad libitum feeding program can spoil quickly in warm weather. However, new research shows you can limit the amount of time that milk is available free-choice without impairing growth.

During the study, calves offered milk free-choice (twice per day) drank about 3 pounds less milk per calf per day. However, their growth still paralleled that of the calves offered milk all day long. In fact, all calves in the study averaged 2.4 pounds of gain per day. All calves were housed individually and fed from a nipple-feeding system.