Increased Milk Replacer Feeding


Mapleview Sure Start + Deccox feeding rates


40 Test and 40 Control calves
83 day trial
Weaned on day 56
Day 0 – Arrival
Day 14 – Milk increase
Day 56 – Weaned
Day 83 – Departure

Milk Replacer feeding rate

Week 1-2500g / Day500g / Day
Week 3-5750g / Day1000g / Day
Week 6-8375g / Day500g / Day

Grain feeding rate

Weeks 1-4Calf Starter (18% CP)
Week 550% Calf Starter + 50% Corn + Pellets
Weeks 6-11Corn + Concentrate blend including 2% chopped straw (18% CP)
Arrival weight105 LB105 LB
Departure weight257 LB277 LB
Average daily gain1.79 LB2.02 LB
Milk replacer consumption23.68 KG29.56 KG
Grain consumption 225 LB239 LB

Benefits of feeding 1000g VS. 750g / Day

  • 13% more weight gain
  • 14lb gain advantage at weaning
  • 20lb gain advantage at 83 days
  • 17% reduction in antibiotic therapy
  • 14kg more grain consumption
  • Reduced scours and respiratory incidence


Feeding Mapleview Sure Start + Deccox at 1000g rather than 750g per day resulted in a better performing calf. Faster gaining calves are more likely to remain healthy and require less antibiotic treatment.

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