To achieve the maximum growth potential, calves need to be fed adequate levels of high quality colostrum as soon as possible after birth. Robert Corbett, a nutritionist and veterinarian with Dairy Health Consultation, told audience members at World Dairy Expo last week that producers should consider feeing calves a high protein milk replacer (28 percent protein) at an increased level of solids (18 percent), 3.5 quarts twice per day.

Calves fed at this higher plane of nutrition, have a healthier immune system, decreased morbidity and mortality rates. Studies have also shown that calves will also have increased milk production in the first lactation.