Calf development vs feed cost - boost production, or not?

Ingham Feeds & Nutrition are committed to the future success of your herd. That’s why we only use the best ingredients in our TopCalf range.

Being a responsible feed manufacturer and rural retailer we have taken a stand on the quality of the raw materials we use. Our feed supplements deliver all the essential nutrients your cows need.

More starch and protein

Our feeds have a higher grain content, rather than relying heavily on grain by-products like DDG and broll. This delivers a higher starch content - a key component in early rumen development.

Calf rearing is a challenging business and its performance ultimately determines the success of a dairy cow. We’re committed to ensuring our products help you successfully maintain dairy replacements in your herd.

The quality of protein (amino acids) provided in calf rations is vital to muscle development in your calves. You must provide the correct balance of amino acids to meet the average daily growth targets and mammary cell development of your animals.

Comparative calf rumen (6 weeks of age)

Developing a healthy rumen is important to ease the transition from a pre-ruminant to a ruminant animal. These pictures show how the rumen develops over time when dairy calves are fed various combinations of milk, grain and hay.

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As you compare the pictures in this section, keep in mind that a healthy rumen has a dark colouration, which is caused by increased tissue mass and large blood vessels (vascularisation).

The papillae in a healthy rumen are numerous and visible without magnification. Differences in the number and size of papillae and the colour of the rumen wall can be seen easily in these three calves.

Please note: the Penn State diets are for research purposes - calves should always be fed hay or straw with any grain based products.

Comparative nutrient profiles

There are many products available in the market today that have significantly lower levels of starch than our premium TopCalf range. Based on the importance of starch in early rumen development, both TopCalf products offer dairy farmers and calf rearers the opportunity to assist calves in reaching target weights faster than those that have significantly lower starch levels. 

We’re committed to supplying feed supplements that contain quality ingredients and balanced nutrients. This ensures your calves are receiving a high level of starch that is essential to early rumen development, which sets them up for optimum growth. We use a greater proportion of cereal grains (wheat, barley and maize) in our feeds to meet this objective.

All images sourced from Penn State University.


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