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Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4

Keywords

Calves, Supplementary feeds, Cost analysis

First Page Number

108

Last Page Number

109

Abstract

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.

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