Calf Nutrition (wet calves)

Calf growth unaffected by milk replacer fat sources (9/1/2006)
Different fat sources in milk replacer do not hurt pre- and post-weaning growth rates, according to ...

Calves need more calories (6/6/2006)
“The more we learn about calves’ nutrient requirements, the more we confirm that we don&...

Change calves’ water frequently (8/1/2006)
Research published in the spring edition of the bovine practitioner shows just how important it is t...

Does laminitis start at weaning? (2/1/2006)
How you feed heifers at weaning may set them up for future lameness problems, according to prelimina...

Don’t add extra molasses to starter (9/1/2005)

Feed calves’ immune systems (6/6/2006)
A 92-pound calf — born with about 3.5 to 4.1 pounds of body fat — uses about 0.6 to 1.8 ...

Feed more milk to reduce bawling (10/5/2003)
By simply feeding more milk to young calves, you can minimize the bawling that takes place after rem...

Free-choice milk options studied (7/1/2006)
Milk fed to calves in an ad libitum feeding program can spoil quickly in warm weather. However, new research show...

Hay may be OK for young calves (11/5/2004)
Feeding baled hay to pre-weaned calves is often avoided for fear it will hurt rumen development. How...

Liquid egg in milk replacer holds promise (12/9/2003)
Because of fluctuating prices for whey and other milk proteins, researchers are looking for a more c...

Milk proteins still the “gold standard” in milk replacer (7/1/2006)
Can you feed a milk replacer that contains soy protein concentrate without depressing calf growth? ...

Processed corn influences calf performance (3/1/2005)
What type of processed corn is best to include in calf starter? The answer is not clear-cut,

Study examines step-down milk feeding (4/1/2007)
A South Korean study reported in the February Journal of Dairy Science

Wean calves naturally (11/5/2003)
Everyone knows when you wean calves they bawl — a lot.

Yeast culture helps calf growth (10/11/2004)
The addition of yeast culture to calf starter may help improve calf growth, according to research fr

Abrupt weaning hurts growth (10/1/2006)
Going “cold turkey” at weaning is stressful on all calves. But it may be particularly ha...

No increase in diarrhea either (2/26/2007)
The Korean study, reported in the February Journal of Dairy Science, also dispels the popular myth that calves fed a greater amount of milk experience more diarrhea.  

Study examines non-milk proteins (4/23/2007)
The price of milk replacer has gone up recently and that may have you looking at milk replacers with alternative protein sources.

Keep molasses levels in check (5/14/2007)
Too much molasses in calf starter can interfere with growth rates and feed efficiency.

Study compares forms of calf starter (5/14/2007)
Calves do better on texturized starter than pelleted starter — even when it was supplemented with intake-enhancing ingredients.

Physical form of starter affects intake (5/28/2007)
A new study shows calves prefer texturized starter, but their feed efficiency may be better on a pelleted diet.  

Once-a-day feeding revisited (6/11/2007)
Once-a-day milk or milk replacer feeding is not a new concept, but it is not widely adopted.

More on milk-feeding frequency (7/9/2007)
Last month, we told you how researchers at PennStateUniversity have revisited the concept of once-a-day milk replacer feeding.  

Step-down feeding follow-up (7/9/2007)
New research shows a step-wise reduction in milk intake may facilitate rumen development.