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S20.4 Whey or skimmed milk as a basis for your calves?

Protein is the building block for calves to grow and stay healthy. But where does the protein in milk replacer come from? In this bulletin we explain the differences between protein sources in calf milk replacers.

S20.3 Feed additives in milk replacers for extra support and security - SPP2.0

Feed additives are added to milk replacers for decades. Additives can be divided into four groups; technological-, sensory-,nutritional- and zootechnical additives. In this bulletin we will discuss several additives which can be categorized into the zootechnical group of additives.

S20.2 Stimulating the esophageal groove reflex through calf management

Young calves have a special reflex to ensure that milk bypasses the rumen, reticulum and omasum and flows directly into the abomasum; the esophageal groove reflex. A proper functioning esophageal groove reflex
is of the utmost importance for an optimal digestion and growth of the calves. 

S20.1 Rumen development takes place in the first 3 months after birth

The impact of rumen development on the growth of rearing calves is discussed, based the results of a VanDrie feed trial. 

S19.6 Several factors play a part in achieving better growth

In “The 1KG Growth Program” that we developed, several factors are described that play an important part in realising maximum growth of your calves. Calf milk replacer is obviously one of the most important factors involved. In this bulletin we will discuss different feeding strategies that lead to higher growth.

19.1 Solid feed for rumination - our vision

The composition and quality of different kinds of solid feed are discussed. 

S17.2 Feeding Systems for Calves 

An overview of the different feeding systems for calves, with each system's pros and cons discussed.

S17.1 How to tackle lung problems of newborn calves? 

A summary of the most important factors that cause lung problems followed by a recommendation how to decrease the number of lung treatments that is needed.

S16.3 Guidelines for calf rearing 

A set of guidelines to achieve the best possible result in calf rearing. Colostrum, housing, feed and health are discussed. Recommendations and practical tips are given.

S16.2 Quality of calf milk replacers 

The influence of raw materials, protein in particular, on the quality of calf milk replacers and calf rearing in general. Protein digestion, protein sources, protein levels and protein types are discussed.

S16.1 Water quality and quantity for your calves

The benefits of sufficient water quantity and the most important parameters that determine water quantity.

S15.4 Housing 

Optimal housing conditions for calves, with a focus on individual housing, housing on straw, space, draught, ventilation and temperature. 

S15.3 Effects of weaning age  

The risks of weaning calves early supported by trial results and advice regarding CMR to ensure good health and growth. 

S15.2 Feeding Calf milk replacer or cow’s milk? 

Arguments for feeding calf milk replacer instead of cow milk to calves.

S15.1 The importance of feeding colostrum to new-born calves 

Feeding colostrum to the calves directly after birth is very important for the passive immunity and protein level in the blood is a good indicator for this. It is recommended to analyze protein level of calves on a regular base to check the colostrum quality and immunoglobulin transfer.

S14.5 Supplementing cow milk with Calf Milk Replacer 

Instructions on how much and how to mix calf milk replacer.

S14.4 How to gain more growth in the milk period? 

The effect of the total quantity of milk replacer on the calf’s growth and. Comparison between 25 kg CMR and 35 kg CMR during the milk period. Comparison between 35 kg CMR and 50 kg CMR during the milk period.

S14.3 Antibiotics in dairy cow milk and the development of resistance 

The effects of feeding cow milk containing antibiotics to calves (waste milk).

S14.2 Feed forage feed to start calves? 

Calves need solid feed for their rumen development, growth and for a smooth switch during the weaning period to a complete solid feed ration. We recommend straw as forage feed, min. 10-20% of total solid feed intake or ad-libitum should be provided.

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