June 2017 Calf Management Newsletter - Hay for Preweaned Calves
June 9th, 2017
June 2017 Calf Management Newsletter "Hay for Preweaned Calves" summary:
- Calf-care persons have widely different opinions about feeding hay to preweaned calves.
- Discussions about feeding hay to preweaned calves need to to specify (1) the physical form of hay, (2) volume hay fed, (3) nutrient profile, (4) species present, and (5) calf age at which hay is introduced to the ration.
- Discussions about feeding hay to preweaned calves may focus on papillae development and health and lack emphasis on the microbial population essential for forage digestion.
- Recent research is leading me to conclude that limited hay intake has a variety of positive outcomes for preweaned calves.
- Practical aspects of feeding hay to preweaned calves.
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