Dairy cattle, Calves, Feeding
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THE sale of milk rather than butterfat has increased greatly in the past few years and less than half the dairy farmers in Western Australia now own cream separators.
Feeding whole milk once a day can be successful for raising dairy calves, even in winter when calf rearing is most difficult.
A recent experiment at Wokalup Research Station showed that satisfactory weight gains can be achieved if liquid milk is fed only once a day from a very early age. Trial calves gained I lb a head a day over the 12 weeks of the experiment.
Once-a-day feeding greatly reduces the labour cost of calf raising.
Bettenay, R A.
"Dairy calves can safely be fed once a day,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 12
, Article 3.
Available at: https://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol12/iss2/3