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Dev Nutri Mngmt Young Calf-98

by Davis, Carl A Drackley, James K.

  • ISBN: 9780813829807
  • ISBN10: 0813829801

Dev Nutri Mngmt Young Calf-98

by Davis, Carl A Drackley, James K.

  • List Price: $62.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Iowa State Press
  • Publish date: 05/01/1998
  • ISBN: 9780813829807
  • ISBN10: 0813829801
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Description: An indispensable resource for the dairy farmer or veterinarian, the researcher, teacher, or advanced student, this book puts the cutting-edge science of raising dairy calves into an accessible, usable form. Geared to those with a basic understanding of principles of animal nutrition and husbandry, the volume gives a comprehensive account of all aspects of calf rearing, from the rudiments of anatomy and development through the practicalities of feeding and housing.

The Development, Nutrition, and Management of the Young Calf begins with an overview of how the calf's digestive system develops, highlighting the period of transition from preruminant to ruminant digestion. Here the authors provide information essential to understanding nutritional needs and restrictions during the liquid-feeding phase in the young calf as well as those factors that govern the development of a functional rumen.

Major emphasis is given to the energy and protein requirements of the young calf, with attention to the effects of environmental temperature on energy requirements. The authors also review the adequacy of current National Research Council recommendations on the energy and protein requirements of young calves. They discuss the management, nutrition, and care of the pregnant cow as well as calving management necessary to deliver a healthy calf. Other topics include liquid-feeding systems, formulation and use of milk replacers and starter feeds, the weaning process, housing principles, and the interactions of nutrition and disease.

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