T. L. Dodsworth and J. E. Nichols (Auth.)'s Beef Production PDF

By T. L. Dodsworth and J. E. Nichols (Auth.)

ISBN-10: 0080170161

ISBN-13: 9780080170169

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The Calf's Digestive System and the Composition of Milk Substitutes T h e ideal milk substitute should a p p r o x i m a t e to cow's milk in c o m p o s i t i o n , b u t t h e p r o d u c t i o n of s u c h a s u b s t i t u t e is f r a u g h t w i t h difficulties a n d i n d e e d it m a y b e c l a i m e d t h a t t h e i d e a l s u b s t i t u t e is y e t t o b e p r o d u c e d . L i k e c o w ' s m i l k , a satisfactory s u b s t i t u t e m u s t i n e v i t a b l y b e r e l a t e d t o t h e n a t u r e of t h e calf's d i g e s t i v e s y s t e m .

T h e y c o n s u m e food t h r o u g h o u t t h e f a t t e n i n g p e r i o d w h i c h m a y e x t e n d t o 2 0 w e e k s a n d costs £ 2 0 o r m o r e , b u t t h e y s h o w little o r n o r e t u r n i n t e r m s of l i v e w e i g h t g a i n s . T h i s food cost m u s t b e b o r n e b y t h e rest of t h e g r o u p . T h e p r e s e n c e of s u c h a n a n i m a l is o n l y r e v e a l e d b y r o u t i n e w e i g h i n g a n d i t c a n t h e n b e sold for s l a u g h t e r before excessive feed costs a r e i n c u r r e d .

T h e m a j o r a d v a n t a g e a c h i e v e d is i n l a b o u r s a v i n g i n t h a t feed m i x i n g a n d b u c k e t w a s h i n g a r e o n l y r e q u i r e d o n c e d a i l y . T h e t i m e of s u b s t i t u t e f e e d i n g is i m m a t e r i a l , b u t should be a t the same time daily. T o some extent the timing can t h e r e f o r e b e fitted i n t o m a t c h t h e a v a i l a b i l i t y of t h e s t o c k m a n . T h e m i l k s u b s t i t u t e is fed a t a s t r o n g e r c o n c e n t r a t i o n t h a n t h a t u s e d i n t h e conventional twice daily feeding system.

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