Calves, Supplementary feeds, Cost analysis
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The conventional method of hand rearing dairy calves in Western Australia calls for the feeding of whole milk, skim milk and/or milk substitutes for periods of up to 16 weeks.
This requirement for milk and labour has often prevented beef production from becoming a major sideline on many wholemilk and butterfat farms.
The two trials reported below* were carried out at Bramley Research Station to see if milk consumption and time to weaning could be reduced by free-feeding hay and cereal based supplements.
Department of Agriculture, Western Australia
"Dry supplements reduce labour and cost of calf rearing,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 11
, Article 8.
Available at: https://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol11/iss5/8