Continued growth in the post weaning into rearing period is key to achieving our goal of early calving dairy heifers, or early finishing beef animals. As the milk intake is reduced we must ensure the calf is eating the nutrients required for growth from elsewhere. The only source of these nutrients concentrated enough for this young ruminant is concentrate feed, and so the calf concentrate must be of an excellent quality, and consumed at high enough levels to sustain high levels of growth without milk. There is a danger of stalling around weaning if this intake, or feed quality is not there, which we need to avoid with the correct choice of concentrate feeds and forage. Getting it right in this period brings benefits later when we have developed good rumen capacity and function to enable the animal to grow well, especially from forage.
FeedCo have formulated compounds to fit the needs of these animals growing through these stages.