Posted by Matthew Sellers, Ph.D. and Elizabeth Marvel, PAS on Apr 22, 2020 2:35:27 PM
The US dairy industry, along with our nation and world, are experiencing unprecedented and extreme challenges related to the current COVID-19 pandemic. While milk volumes are increasing across the nation due to ‘spring flush’, demand for dairy products has dropped significantly. In response, many cooperatives and dairy manufacturers have resorted to dumping milk, decreasing milk purchases, or implementing tiered pricing structures.
As a result of these production restrictions, many producers are left with large quantities of salable milk on the farm and are weighing options to feed excess salable milk to calves, heifers, and cows. While feeding whole salable milk to preweaned calves is not an uncommon practice, dairy economics typically support feeding complete milk replacer in place of salable milk.
With a surplus of available milk on the dairy, it is a great time to consider feeding salable milk back to preweaned calves. If you’ve never fed waste or salable milk to calves, the process can be daunting. To assist you, Matthew Sellers, Ph.D. and Elizabeth Marvel, PAS, have put together a white paper titled, Feeding Salable Milk to Youngstock: Tips, Tricks, and Formulation Advice. This advice can help producers successfully feed salable milk back to calves on the dairy while maintaining calf health and performance.
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Topics: Calf Management