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| Milk powder

When you know that depending on the type of powdered milk you administer, it will take anything between one and a half and five hours for the calf to process their feed, you will probably start to wonder whether it is not in fact better to feed a calf three times a day. “It certainly increases the rate of growth,” suggested Sjaak.

| Colostrum, Milk powder

When asked which is best, a teat or a bucket, Sjaak gave a clear response: a teat. “The calf has to work hard at obtaining its milk. In addition, the posture is better when drinking from a teat, so the risk of powdered milk finding its way into the rumen is reduced.”

| Milk powder

Every bag of powdered milk features a feed timetable. According to Johan Verdaasdonk, young stock specialist of FrieslandCampina, it offers an ideal guide for the calves. “Never exceed 3.5 litres per feed,” Johan warned. “Four litres per feed means overfeeding.