Whole Milk Formula Comparison


Mapleview Sure Start + Deccox – 26/17 VS.
“Whole Milk” Milk Replacer – 26/32


120 Test and 120 Control calves
77 day trial
Weaned on day 49
Day 0 – Arrival
Day 14 – Milk increase
Day 49 – Weaned
Day 77 – Departure

Milk Replacer feeding rate

Week 1-2520g / Day
Week 3750g / Day
Week 41000g / Day
Week 5-7500g / Day

Grain feeding rate

Weeks 1-4Calf Starter (18% CP)
Week 550% Calf Starter + 50% Corn + Pellets (18% CP)
Weeks 6-11Corn + Concentrate blend including 2% chopped straw (18% CP)
MV Sure Start + Deccox26-26-32
Arrival weight107 LB106 LB
Departure weight269 LB256 LB
Average daily gain2.12 LB1.94 LB
Milk replacer consumption28.30 KG28.30 KG
Grain consumption 194 KG177 KG


  • 8% more weight gain
  • 9% more grain consumption
  • 9lb gain advantage at weaning
  • 12lb gain advantage at 77 days
  • 0.29lb/day increase in average daily gain at weaning
  • 5% lower calf mortality


The results suggest that there are advantages to feeding Mapleview Sure Start + Deccox instead of the whole milk formulated 26-26-32 milk replacer. A statistically significant reduction in average daily gain, as well as increased risk of mortality, and suppressed grain intake were observed in the group fed the whole milk formula milk replacer.

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