How much milk with calves drink when
offered free-choice (ad libitum)
How much milk with calves drink when offered free-choice or ad libitum?
This resource at www.calffacts.com describes the changes over the first 35 days of life.
- When milk intake is not restricted expect calves to drink large amounts of milk.
- Expect large variations among calves in milk consumption.
- Expect significant changes in levels of milk intake from week-to-week.
- In environments with significant parasite exposure, appetites tend to be depressed during infections.
- Expressed as a percentage of live weight, milk consumption tends to go down as dairy heifer calves with free-choice milk, water and concentrate get past about three weeks of age
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