Nutrient intake during the first 42 days can have a profound impact on a calf and her performance later in life, says Mike Van Amburgh, dairy scientist at
“We can do something in early life that will stimulate more milk,” Van Amburgh said at the Southwest Nutrition & Management Conference in late February.
“Colostrum sets the whole thing up,” he said. “There appears to be a modest but positive effect of colostrum status on both pre-pubertal growth rate and lactation yield.”
Then, it is important to provide the calf with sufficient energy during the first six weeks of life. Good management post-weaning is still important to obtain the response. To read the paper that Van Amburgh presented at the Southwest Nutrition & Management Conference, follow this link (PDF format).