DairyWay™ Calf Starter
The path to high milk production requires proper nutrition right from the start. For the young calf this means high quality colostrum for the first 3 days of life followed by milk replacer and DairyWay™ Calf Starter.
The job of a high quality calf starter is to transition a calf from a liquid diet to dry feed at weaning while maintaining the growth and health of the animal. Amino acids are needed for proper tissue growth. Carbohydrates are needed to provide energy for growth and proper development of the animal’s rumen. Minerals and vitamins are needed to keep the bones strong and keep the animal healthy.
Years of research have gone into every bag of DairyWay™ Calf Starter to get your calves through weaning and on their way to becoming a productive animal in the herd.
- Newborn calves must receive colostrum as soon after birth as possible (<1 hour). Feed two quarts (1.9 liters) of colostrum immediately after birth, followed by an additional two quarts (1.9 liters) within 12 hours. Colostrum is required for disease-fighting antibodies that will help protect the health of the calf early in life. Never assume the calf has suckled.
- Start calves on DairyWay™ Calf Starter and milk replacer as soon as colostrum feeding is complete.
- Provide fresh clean water continuously beginning by day four.
- Wean calves when they consume 2 lbs. (0.9 kg) of starter per day for at least 3 consecutive days.
- At 4 to 7 weeks of age, supplement DairyWay™ Calf Starter with approximately 1 lb. (.5 kg) of high-quality hay per day
- When calves reach 150 lbs. (68 kg) of body weight, gradually switch them to DairyWay™ Grower / Developer.
- Keep all feeding utensils, equipment and calf pens clean. Promptly remove stale or moldy feed.
- The key to a successful calf-rearing program is a healthy calf in a stress-free environment.
Please see the tag on the bag for important feeding information.