publication . Article . 2015

Early pair housing increases solid feed intake and weight gains in dairy calves.

Costa, J. H. C.; Meagher, R. K.; von Keyserlingk, M. A. G.; Weary, D. M.;
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  • Published: 01 Sep 2015 Journal: Journal of Dairy Science, volume 98, pages 6,381-6,386 (issn: 0022-0302, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: American Dairy Science Association
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Dairy calves have traditionally been kept in individual pens throughout the milk-feeding period. Social rearing is associated with increased solid feed intake and hence higher weight gains before and after weaning. Little is known about the effect of the age at which social housing begins. The aim of this study was to assess the effects of early versus late pairing on feeding behavior and weight gain before and after weaning. Holstein bull calves were reared individually (n=8 calves), or paired with another calf at 6 ± 3 d (n=8 pairs) or 43 ± 3 d of age (n=8 pairs). All calves were fed 8 L of milk/d for 4 wk, 6 L/d from 4 to 7 wk and then milk was reduced by 20%...
Subjects
free text keywords: Total mixed ration, Veterinary medicine, Body weight, Animal science, Increase weight, Weight gain, medicine.symptom, medicine, Dry matter, Biology, Weaning, Starter
Funded by
NSERC
Project
  • Funder: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
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publication . Article . 2015

Early pair housing increases solid feed intake and weight gains in dairy calves.

Costa, J. H. C.; Meagher, R. K.; von Keyserlingk, M. A. G.; Weary, D. M.;