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Increasing milk solids for beef calves boosts growth


When Welsh farmer, Steven Jones, noticed that his calves were lacking their usual vigour, he willingly embraced a raft of changes to get calf performance back on track.

From implementing new colostrum and feeding protocols to growth check ups and coloured coded tags you can read Steven's dairy story here.

As well as adapting the way that dairy heifer calves are reared on the farm, Steven also took on board further advice from Peter Whittal-Wiliams and Huw Edwards and adapted the feeding protocol for his beef calves. 

Increasing the concentration of milk solids

“Steven feeds his beef calves waste whole milk and I suggested he added in milk replacer to increase the concentration of milk solids,” explains Peter.

“By adding 50g of milk replacer per litre of milk, Steven is able to increase milk solids from 12.5% to 17.5% - aiding calf growth rates and performance.”

Benefits for the beef and dairy calves

Calevs at Steven Jones

Despite the challenges that changes to calf rearing protocols pose, Steven is pleased to have made the adaptations. After two years on the new regime, he feels that all the calves on the farm are benefiting. 

The big thing for me is that the calves look so much more like I wanted them to look – with plenty of vigour and strong, shiny coats,” concludes Steven. “We hardly have any scouring amongst the calves, pneumonia is rarely an issue and the calves - both our dairy heifer and beef animals – seem to fill out much quicker. 

“We’ve taken out any of the ‘guess work’ to calf rearing and by taking a more focused approach, the majority of our dairy heifers are now calving down at 22-24 months of age – which is a great result.” 

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