When to start a calf on calf starter

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CowGirl005

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Hi All!
Just wondering when you would start a calf on calf starter and what you look for in a calf starter. Thanks in advance.
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Withing a few days after being born. Usually they won't touch it early on but keep it out for them and when they get curious they will start nibbling. Sometimes I will put a little in my hand and put it in their mouth when they try to suck your fingers. Gives them a taste. I use a textured feed with rolled corn, oats, and barley in it. Research has shown that consumption is the highest on a textured feed and the goal is to get the calves to eat as much starter as possible as soon as possible. I won't use a starter that is less than 18% protein either.
 

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CowGirl005":275csfsf said:
Forgot to mention that these calves are still on their mom and will be till about 5 months old.
In that case, start them about a week before being weaned
 

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