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Calf weaning

Weaning has a significant impact on the growth and health of calves. Our simple and straightforward advice makes weaning very effective, to improve calf development and growth after weaning is finished.

Intensive calf milk feeding programs require more time for weaning

Milk should be reduced gradually over a period of 3-4 weeks and not stopped earlier than at 9-10 weeks of age, all aiming at adequate rumen development. A well-designed program improves dry feed intake - and growth - before and after weaning. Adding forage plays a key role in supporting rumen development and health. Finally, offering clean, freshwater ad-libitum is essential.

How much calf starter a calf should eat when weaned

Calves like milk a lot. Milk is their feed by nature and it is very nutritious. The nett energy level in milk solids is around 2 times higher than in calf starter feed. This means that for every liter of milk lowered (containing 130-150g milk solids), a calf needs to consume 250 grams of calf starter feed. At weaning a calf should consume at least 1,5 – 2 kg calf starter a day.

Our offering for weaning management

LifeStart programme

LifeStart programme

LifeStart is a science-based platform for dairy calves that deals with the critical first months of a dairy calf’s life.

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LifeStart intensive milk feeding strategies give farmers the support they need to make a critically important, well-designed weaning strategy.
Eile van der Gaast, Product Manager Calf Milk Replacers at Trouw Nutrition


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