Evaluation of high-energy calf starter for early-weaned calves

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Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports, Issue: 2, Page: 42-44

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Carinder, W.H.; Reddy, P.G.; Morrill, J.L.
New Prairie Press; Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service
Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station contribution; no. 87-88-S; Report of progress (Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station); 506; Dairy; High energy calf starter; Gain; Feed consumption; Fecal scores; Dairy Science
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An experimental calf-starter diet containing roasted whole soybeans, buffer and dehydrated alfalfa pellets was compared with a conventional calf starter for young calves on an early-weaning program. Overall means for weight gains, dry feed consumption, and fecal scores were similar for the two treatments. However, calves fed the experimental calf starter showed a trend toward higher gains at 4 and 5 wk of age. More fat than necessary in the diet and feeding of prestarter until 8 wk of age may have precluded finding significant benefits with the experimental starter.; Dairy Day, 1986, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 1986;