Especially in the first few weeks after birth, the nutrition demands of calves are very high. If a calf fails to get optimum nutrition in this phase, the organs develop more slowly. This means that top performance in the cow’s later life is no longer possible. Therefore, optimum feeding that meets the requirements in the first few weeks of life has a major impact on the animal’s later performance potential.
This effect, which is also known as metabolic programming, is concluded after about the first three weeks of life. Feeding the calf with a high-quality, easily digestible milk replacer such as JOSERA IgluStart is essential during this phase. With the ongoing physiological development of the calves however, such feeding is neither required nor economically sensible. We therefore recommend switching to a milk replacer with a higher proportion of plant components in the course of multi-phase feeding. This also promotes the physiological development into a plant eater.