Adjusting the weaning age of calves fed by automated feeders according to individual intakes of solid feed.

@article{Passill2012AdjustingTW,
  title={Adjusting the weaning age of calves fed by automated feeders according to individual intakes of solid feed.},
  author={Anne Marie de Passill{\'e} and Jeffrey Rushen},
  journal={Journal of dairy science},
  year={2012},
  volume={95 9},
  pages={
          5292-5298
        }
}
When weaned at the ages typical of commercial dairy production, dairy calves usually show reduced growth rates, lowered energy intake, and increased behavioral signs of hunger, reflecting their difficulty in switching from a milk diet to solid feed. However, large differences exist between calves in their ability to adapt to solid feed, and automated feeders allow the age of weaning to be adjusted to an individual calf's intake of solid feed. We examined the effects of weaning according to… CONTINUE READING
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