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Intensive Feeding Program Comparison For Jersey Calves
The large birth weight difference between Jersey and Holstein calves leads many calf raisers to question how well a single milk replacer formula meets the needs of both animals. The total energy and protein required for maintenance of a 55 lb calf is obviously less than that of an 85 lb calf.
So what is the best balance of energy and protein to assure efficient growth of Jersey calves? Feeding a cost-effective and growth-effective milk replacer means that protein and energy must be properly balanced in the formula which must be balanced with the feeding rate. This article compares two milk replacer formulas and feeding rates, tow see which program provides a better balance between protein and energy and results in more efficient growth of Jersey calves.