Myth 2 - ‘Calves get all the best nutrients from pasteurised milk’
Wrong. One of the main benefits of feeding CMR is the consistency. The fats, proteins and solids can vary significantly in whole milk, making it difficult for the calf to maintain a consistent diet, this can cause digestive upset for the calves. Consider using a Brix refractometer to determine the solid content of your whole milk.
It is recommended to add two points to the value on your Brix reading. So… if the number on the Brix reading is 10.5 it would be advised to add 2.0 which would bring your solids to 12.5. It is important to check this on a daily basis to ensure there is not high variability. The suggested quality goals are shown in the table below.