While AMPLI-Calf® Grower is formulated for calves age 12 to 24 weeks, the growth advantages can now span the lifetime of the calf. Land O’Lakes Purina Feed recommends AMPLI-Calf® Starter, the previously-released, break-through technology calf starter feed, is ideal to get calves started from 3 days of age, until they reach 12 weeks of age. “Following a good start with AMPLI-Calf® Starter, AMPLI-Calf® Grower is the ideal next step to help calves continue optimal growth rates and also help achieve a well-developed, fully functioning rumen that will help a young heifer better utilize forage-based diets and be more productive as a mature cow,” says Brown.
Research presented by Dr. Mike Van Amburgh of Cornell University at the 2011 Western Dairy Management Conference highlighted important facts that support the need for good, healthy growth early in a calf’s life. Van Amburgh’s research showed that growth rate and nutrient intake prior to weaning has a more direct and significant effect on milk yield than genetic selection for production. Additionally, when a calf is fed a nutrient supply above maintenance, the calf will be set up to become a better lifetime milk producer. His research also showed that a one-pound increase in ADG prior to weaning may increase first lactation milk yield as much as 700 pounds(1).
Land O’Lakes Purina Feed recommends a focus on growth rates, nutrient intake and rumen development starting with healthy, immediate delivery of colostrum at birth followed through with high quality milk replacer, superior calf starter, and now the added advantage of AMPLI-Calf® Grower.
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* Results may vary. Because of factors outside of Land O'Lakes Purina Feed’s control, results to be obtained, including but not limited to animal performance, profits, etc. cannot be predicted or guaranteed by Land O'Lakes Purina Feed.
1- Van Amburgh, M.E.; J. Karzses; R. W. Everett; Taking the long view: Treat them nice as babies and they will be better adults; Cornell University.