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Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4

Keywords

Calves, Supplementary feeds, Cost analysis

First Page Number

108

Last Page Number

109

ISSN

0021-8618

Abstract

The conventional method of hand rearing dairy calves in Western Australia calls for the feeding of whole milk, skim milk and/or milk substitutes for periods of up to 16 weeks.

This requirement for milk and labour has often prevented beef production from becoming a major sideline on many wholemilk and butterfat farms.

The two trials reported below* were carried out at Bramley Research Station to see if milk consumption and time to weaning could be reduced by free-feeding hay and cereal based supplements.

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