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Effect of Different Rearing during the Milk-Feeding Period on Growth of Dairy Calves

National Agricultural and Food Centre, Research Institute of Animal Production Nitra, Hlohovecka 2, 951 41 Luzianky, Slovakia
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Received: 14 June 2020 / Revised: 31 July 2020 / Accepted: 7 August 2020 / Published: 10 August 2020
The objective was to determine the impact of calves’ rearing, gender, and the sire lineage on the growth and health. One hundred-and-five Holstein calves were assigned to one of three treatments: single suckling (SS), multiple suckling (MS), and artificially rearing in hutches (H). All calves received a comparable amount of milk/milk replacer (MR) across treatments. All calves were weaned at the 84th day. After weaning, all calves were separated by sex in age-balanced groups. At weaning, the highest body weight was in MS and the lowest in H (SS 94.97 kg, MS 109.85 kg, H 80.80 kg, p < 0.001). The average gains from the birth to weaning were 0.67 kg (SS), 0.81 kg (MS), 0.48 kg (H), (p < 0.001). A difference (p < 0.01) was found for the period from birth to 180th day of life (SS 0.75 kg, MS 0.82 kg, H 0.67 kg). We did not notice a gender differences (p > 0.05). The Sire 1 progeny showed a lower body weight at 180 days (p < 0.01) and 360 days (p < 0.05). The results indicate that the method used to rear calves and sire lines had a significant impact on their later performance. View Full-Text
Keywords: calves; feeding; housing; weaning; animal welfare calves; feeding; housing; weaning; animal welfare
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Broucek, J.; Uhrincat, M.; Kisac, P.; Hanus, A. Effect of Different Rearing during the Milk-Feeding Period on Growth of Dairy Calves. Agriculture 2020, 10, 346. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/agriculture10080346

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Broucek J, Uhrincat M, Kisac P, Hanus A. Effect of Different Rearing during the Milk-Feeding Period on Growth of Dairy Calves. Agriculture. 2020; 10(8):346. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/agriculture10080346

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Broucek, Jan, Michal Uhrincat, Peter Kisac, and Anton Hanus. 2020. "Effect of Different Rearing during the Milk-Feeding Period on Growth of Dairy Calves" Agriculture 10, no. 8: 346. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/agriculture10080346

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