Unlimited access to freshly prepared milk in the first 10 weeks of life pays off. It not only leads to good rumen health. It also positively influences vitality, fertility, and milk yield throughout the complete lifetime of your dairy cows.
Optimal calf feeding
The growth of the calf’s tissue and body is positively influenced by unlimited access to freshly prepared milk in the first 35 days. In those 5 weeks, a calf needs to double its birth weight. Supporting the natural drinking behaviour can do this.
In the next 35 days, the milk supply needs to be decreased to zero. At the same time, the intake of dry matter and concentrates needs to be increased gradually. This stimulates healthy development of rumen and makes a higher feed consumption at a later stage possible.
Increased milk yield
One of the benefits of unlimited access to freshly prepared milk that a calf reaches the ideal weight for insemination sooner. Thanks to the healthy and gradual growth, a calf can be inseminated up to 2 months earlier compared to calves fed conventionally. And that results in an increased milk yield through the whole lifespan of the dairy cow.