Calf & Youngstock

The Myths of Feeding Pasteurised Milk

The Myths of Feeding Pasteurised Milk

When selecting a feeding programme for your calves there are pros and cons to consider before making the move: disease risk, nutrient intake for growth performance, and economics. You may think that pasteurisation is the best option for your system and so it may be, but it might be worth reading on to consider some of the myths of pasteurising.

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The Importance of Water

The Importance of Water

We have been lucky enough to experience a handful of hot dry days this Summer. On these hot days in particular our thoughts turn to the availability and uptake of water in our calf pens. The average producer waits 17 days before offering fresh drinking water to calves (Wickramasinghe, 2020).

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Be Confident in a Switch to Whey for Young Calves

Be Confident in a Switch to Whey for Young Calves

If you are looking for the most cost-effective way of rearing pre-weaned youngstock, studies have now confirmed that whey protein concentrate and skim are equivalent sources of dairy protein in milk replacers for high performing young calves fed up to 1,050g of milk solids per day.

This latest independent research – confirmed in recent trial (2019) work by AFBI at Hillsborough in Northern Ireland – will be well received by farmers wedded to skim, who at times may be interested in a cost-effective alternative when global skim prices rise.

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