Recent calf projects at the University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center
The program focus for the University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center (SROC) Calf and Heifer Research and Extension Facility during the last 14 years has been contract-raising commercial dairy heifer calves from three dairies totaling more than 2,000 dairy cows.
About the program
- Calves are picked-up twice weekly at 2 to 5 days of age and contract raised until 6 months of age.
- All calves receive three feedings of colostrum on the farm by 24 hours of age.
- Nursery calves are housed in well-bedded individual pens in naturally ventilated curtain-sided calf barns.
- A minimum of 100 calves are used for each project. Fresh water is offered daily.
- Nursery studies are typically 56 days with weaning at 42 days (twice daily milk for 35 days and once daily from day 36 to 42).
- Calves are moved from the nursery into one of two post-weaning barns until they reach 6 months of age when they will be picked up by the dairies.
Recent calf research
Further summaries will be available later this year.