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Minnesota Dairy Team Calf Starters Dr Hugh Chester Jones Animal Scientist SROC and Neil Broadwater Extension Educator Dairy Prepared for MN Dairy Days 2009 This presentation will center on basic principles concepts and management practices when feeding calf starter to dairy calves The presentation will also cover research studies conducted at the Southern Research and Outreach Center SROC in Waseca MN on various calf starter physical forms formulations and feeding programs to provide the opportunity for rumen development and growth of the young calf 1 Calves tell us that all starters are not created equal Variables that contribute to differences in calf starter intake Milk feeding programs Water intake Calf starter formulation and physical form Calf genetics gender birth weight Calf housing management and environmental conditions There are a number of variables that contribute to differences in calf starter intake as all starters are not the same The milk feeding program affects calf starter intake based on the amount being fed and the percentage of protein and fat in the milk replacer Water is an essential nutrient for the calf and its availability affects starter intake Other factors include the formulations and physical form of the starter the birth weight of the calf the genetic makeup of the calf and even the gender has an effect on intake And finally the housing management and environment the calf is exposed to has a large impact on how well the calf consumes the starter offered 2 Energy and crude protein requirements of calves from birth to weaning Calf ADG lbs day ME Mcals day DMI CP CP lbs day g day of DM 0 45 2 4 1 2 94 18 0 0 90 2 9 1 4 150 23 4 1 32 3 5 1 7 207 26 6 1 76 4 1 2 0 253 27 5 2 20 4 8 2 4 307 28 7 adapted from Van Amburgh 2006 Rations need to be balanced to meet the needs of the calf and to reach targeted growth goals This table shows the energy and crude protein requirements of dairy calves from birth to weaning based on various daily gain



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