New born animals should be fed colostrum for the first four days after birth.
– All utensils and containers used in preparing and feeding must be kept clean.
– All feed changes should be gradual as overfeeding can cause digestive disorders.
– Mix milk powder prior to feeding, i.e. not the day before, not only is there the potential for the milk to go off, but calves prefer the milk fresh and warm as energy will not be wasted in heating cold milk up to blood temperature.
– Mix powder thoroughly with warm water (preferably 38-40 degrees). Do not use water above 45-50 degrees as this will reduce the curding ability.
– Always use clean fresh water.
– Gradually increase feeding rates as this will avoid the potential for scours