Transitioning calves starts on day one
This article originally published in Progressive Dairy. You can access the full article here.
Grain intake starts the process of rumen development and is influential to a successful weaning and transition, which is why it should be offered on day one. Young calves will begin exploring grain at an early age, and the earlier grain consumption begins, the earlier rumen development starts. Let’s follow the transition of a newborn calf from hutch to post-weaning and identify key strategies you can use transitioning calves on your farm.
Read this Progressive Dairy article here to learn key strategies for getting calves to consume two pounds of starter before weaning and postweaning.