Do you feel prepared to raise calves during the winter season? When temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, a young calf’s energy requirements increase to maintain core body temperature. Here are 3 milk feeding strategies to help meet increased energy needs while maintaining performance and health:
- Deliver more energy with a fat supplement: Adding a fat supplement to the milk solution can be an economical and convenient way to increase the energy content of the milk without switching to a different milk replacer. Milk Energizer from Hubbard Feeds is designed to provide young calves with additional calories during periods of cold stress.
- Feed a higher-fat milk replacer: Feeding a higher-fat milk replacer increases the energy allowable gain for calves. Using a high-fat milk replacer during the winter months gives calves extra calories.
- Feed more volume of milk replacer solution: Increasing total volume of milk solution fed will maximize calf growth potential during cold weather. This allows for increased caloric intake providing calves with more energy for growth and immune function.