A Successful Calf & Heifer Program
The typical dairy ration contains a mixture of forages and concentrates. The concentrate portion contains carbohydrate sources such as corn and a mixture of protein ingredients, along with minerals and vitamins. Nutritionists try to formulate a protein source to maximize milk production. In general, a protein supplement is the most expensive ingredient in a ration. It is important to understand how the forage program and rumen function help meet the protein needs of the dairy cow. There are two types of feed proteins.
CALF PRODUCTS FOR FALL & WINTER
Calves may need special care during fall and winter months, as temperatures begin to fall and weather changes become more variable. During the coming months, calves may need additional nutrients to better meet growth and maintenance requirements. Their need is more critical during the period immediately following birth, with special attention to many management-related possibilities as well.