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CALVES AND HEAT STRESS (part 4)

CONSIDERATIONS ON FEEDING OF CALVES:

In terms of nutrition, we need to remember a few important things when it comes to unweaned calves and heat stress.

In case of heat stress, calves' intake of starters / concentrates decreases, while their energy requirement (for maintenance) increases by 20-30%.

Increasing the number of times that calves receive milk or milk replacer from 2 times to at least 3 times a day is a good choice.

Offering smaller amounts of fresh calf starter or concentrate more often will reduce spoilage and stimulate absorption. 

 

Provide fresh, clean and cool drinking water continuously.

Depending on age, healthy calves drink between 6 and 12 liters of water a day.

Sick calves with heat stress can drink up to 20 liters of water per day.

Recognize the signs of dehydration in your calves in time!

 

POINTS OF ATTENTION ON WEANING AGE OF CALVES WITH HEAT STRESS:

Depending on starter / concentrate intake during heat stress, and the duration of the heat stress, it may be useful to postpone weaning for a week or more.