Originally published on September 9, 2014.
Calf rearing management is an ongoing process that starts before the calf is born and continues during and after calving as well as after weaning. Improved calf rearing management has the following benefits:
- Reduces calf death rate
- Develops strong heifers that can deliver their first calves by two and a half years of age
- Produces strong cows able to consume more feed and produce more milk
This guide provides recommended practices for calf rearing, with a focus on guidelines for feeding the calf from birth through weaning.