Dairy calves benefit from access to forage early in life

Dairy calves are typically not provided forage in the first few months of life, in part because some farmers and scientists believe that this will slow intake of other solid feeds. New research from UBC’s Animal Welfare Program has now shown that access to forage early in life helps calves make the transition to the high forage diets that are typically provided after weaning. The paper, published in Journal of Dairy Science, is titled “Effect of providing forage during the milk-feeding period on post-weaning feed intake and growth of heifers”.

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