Nutrition plays such a key role
in raising quality dairy calves and heifers that it is covered in all three of
the Dairy Calf & Heifer
Association's Gold Standards, including the new Gold Standards III, which
concentrates on animal welfare. While the intricacies of calf and heifer
nutrition have been the focus of countless research studies, the subject is,
first and foremost, a welfare issue.
In the Gold Standards III,
nutrition for preweaned calves covers feeding procedures, water delivery, grain
feeding and weaning guidelines.
Here are some nutrition basics
from Gold Standards III that will aid in your calves' and heifers' animal
well-being, growth and immune system development; please refer to all of DCHA's Gold Standards for
more specific recommendations and guidelines.
Working with a consulting
nutritionist is recommended.