Effective Calf Weaning

Effective Calf Weaning

 

Calves need to be moved from only drinking milk, to milk and solid feeds, and then through to solid feed only. This is when calves move through to becoming a fully functioning ruminant. To do this, Nadine Huitema, Technical Specialist, explains that we need to reduce milk quantity back down to 10% (about 4 litres), which drives the calves to increase their consumption of meal. Once they are eating between 1-2 kg of meal consistently for 3 days, those calves should have a functioning rumen, and are able to be weaned off milk.