Nutrition at Early Stages of Life Determines the Future Growth and Reproductive Performance of Dairy Calves
Typical young 'Fiesta' plants approximately 30 days after tubers were planted in the ground bed. Figure 3 from publication ENH1281/EP545: Caladium Cultivars ‘Cosmic Delight’, ‘Fiesta’ and ‘Hearts Desire’. Credit: Zhanao Deng, UF/IFAS.
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Dairy Nutrition

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Moriel, Philipe, and Luiz Ferraretto. 2017. “Nutrition at Early Stages of Life Determines the Future Growth and Reproductive Performance of Dairy Calves: AN336, 12/2017”. EDIS 2017 (6). Gainesville, FL. https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-an336-2017.

Abstract

Nutrition prior to weaning (1 to 45 to 60 days of age) may determine the future performance of dairy calves. Good quality colostrum management is required to maximize health, but also impacts the growth and reproductive performance of calves. Providing an intensive nutritional method by increasing the amount and nutritional composition of milk replacer and calf starter provided from birth to weaning, enhances pre-weaning growth performance, anticipates puberty achievement and increase future milk production, without impairing mammary gland growth.

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