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What do you feed a calf?

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Answered 2012-03-16 19:56:32

Depends what type of calf you are talking about, via its health condition, breeding (dairy or beef), and what feeds you have available in your area. Most calves are fed hay and grain along with their milk. Hay that has legumes and grasses is the best for the calf; as for grain, it does not matter except it should not be too much that the calf eats too much and bloats. A calf should be fed only 1% of its body weight or less in grain. The most for a young calf should be 1 to 2 lbs. For an older calf that is about weaning age (3 months), can be fed no more than 5 lbs of grain.

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