Thursday, March 28, 2019

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 describes the changes over the first 35 days of life.

Key points:

  • 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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