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Feeding acidified or sweet milk replacer to dairy calves.
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PMID:  2099377     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The objective of this study was to compare performance of calves fed acidified milk replacer or regular (sweet) milk replacer twice daily at 10% of BW. Thirty-seven female Holstein calves were fed replacers reconstituted to 12.5% DM for 4 wk, At 28 d, half of the amounts of milk replacer consumed during wk 4 were fed during wk 5 and calves weaned from replacer at d 35 age. A pelleted starter feed was offered for ad libitum access throughout the 42-d trial. Body weight was recorded at birth, d 3 of age, and weekly thereafter. Fecal consistency scores were recorded. Other parameters were measured on d 3 and 42. Average daily gains (d 3 to 42) for calves fed sweet and acidified milk replacers were .33 and .38 kg/d. Starter consumption was similar for both treatments. Calves fed acidified milk replacer (d 3 to 28) had a lower (1.4 vs. 1.6) fecal consistency score than those fed sweet milk replacer (scale of 1 to 4, 1 = normal and 4 = watery). Benefits of feeding acidified milk replacer at 10% of BW per day may be in reducing the incidence of some infectious scours, although further experiments are needed to verify this.
E H Jaster; G C McCoy; T Tomkins; C L Davis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of dairy science     Volume:  73     ISSN:  0022-0302     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Dairy Sci.     Publication Date:  1990 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-08-05     Completed Date:  1991-08-05     Revised Date:  2003-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985126R     Medline TA:  J Dairy Sci     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3563-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana 61801.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Feed*
Cattle / growth & development*
Cattle Diseases / prevention & control*
Diarrhea / prevention & control,  veterinary*
Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
Weight Gain

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