A look at once-a-day calf feeding

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Brad Heins, University of Minnesota Feeding group-fed dairy calves once a day is very popular in New Zealand and other parts of the world where grazing dairy cattle is the norm. In Ireland, research has shown that calves can be fed successfully once per day, and the system utilizes less labor and may promote earlier weaning, says Brad Heins, assistant professor of dairy and animal science at the University of Minnesota. However, because of the earlier weaning, calves may eat more grain.

In a recent article, Heins explains how and why you can group feed calves once per day. He covers the following:

  • Advantages and challenges of feeding calves once per day in a group-feeding system.
  • Preliminary results from a once-per-day group feeding trial at the University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris, Minn.
  • Tips for group management systems that feed calves once per day.

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Source: University of Minnesota Extension



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