EFFECTS OF "AD LIBITUM" MILK INTAKE ON PERFORMANCE OF DAIRY CALVES

Authors

  • CONSTANTIN GAVAN
  • V. MOTORGA

Abstract

Conventional milk feeding for calves was compared with feeding milk "ad libitum"
consumption from a rubber nipple. Calves fed "ad libitum" ingested more milk than calves fed conventionally. Average daily gain for the calves fed "ad libitum" was 0,718 kg in the first 28 days of age compared to 0,288 kg for the conventionally fed calves. By day 28 this difference in gains resulted in a significant 12,1 kg weight advantage for the "ad libitum"
fed calves.

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Published

2012-02-01

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Working Group 3: Fundamentally Disciplines and Environment and Plant Management