Mapleview Agri Ltd. recently conducted a research trial comparing "Performance Effects of Feeding Holstein Calves a Whole Milk Formulated Milk Replacer" verses an accelerated milk replacer. Aaron Keunen presented the results of the trial in a poster presentation at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) in Knoxville, Tennessee. "The results from the study suggested that there were advantages to feeding an accelerated milk formula instead of a whole milk formulated milk replacer. A statistically significant reduction in average daily gain, increased risk of mortality, and suppressed grain intake were observed in the group fed the whole milk formula. Many scientific studies indicate that a faster growing calf will provide larger economic return throughout its lifetime. These advantages have been seen through increased milk production and more efficient feed conversion. The results suggested that calf performance may be compromised when feeding a milk replacer with a similar component analysis as milk fed from a Holstein cow." The trial was conducted in conjunction with D. Renaud. To view more details about the research, click below to open a new window displaying the poster.