Grober Nutrition - Model 20/15 - High Conversion Calf Milk Replacer
Producer Objectives; Raising replacement dairy heifers with steady daily live-weight gain. Optimizing rumen development through grain/water intake. Improved immunity function by providing adequate levels of protein and delivering enough nutrition through a good feeding schedule.
- Steady rates of gain may be critical for optimum development of the mammary system.
- Nutrition can be influential during the growth period.
- Incorrect feeding and poor nutrition can have long term consequences for the milk production potential of the cow.
- Overfeeding energy may negatively impact mammary development and future milk production (Sejrsen et al, 2000).
- Based on 125g/L (can be fed at a rate of 150g/L)
- When a calf’s ambient temperature falls below their comfort zone (calf 1-3 weeks below 15-25°C; calf 3 weeks plus below 10°C), extra nutrition should be provided to maintain growth and maintenance requirements
- minimum 150g extra powder for a less than 3 week old calf
- minimum 75g extra powder for 3+ week old calf
- Multiple feedings/day recommended to stabilize pH of the abomasum
- Encourage a strong suckling reflex early on so that milk is absorbed into the abomasum and digested
- Grain (and water) should be introduced early on. Allow calves to explore their environment and taste different feedstuffs
- Clean, dry bedding will optimize growth and enhance any feeding program
- Any abnormal events (illness, dehorning, vaccination etc) should be followed up with a greater volume of milk replacer at the next meal – calves will burn more energy when stressed. Sucking will help calm calves and nutrition will help replenish energy reserves