How to Mimic the Perks of Transition Milk
In nature, calves automatically receive transition milk from their dams as colostrum production gradually shifts to whole milk in the first week of lactation.
But as rearing practices for dairy calves changed and dairies became larger, transition milk mostly left the picture altogether, as many calves were switched immediately from first-day colostrum to whole milk or milk replacer.
Then, in recent years, researchers began revisiting the merits of transition milk, according to calf nutrition expert David Wood with Animix LLC.
By MAUREEN HANSON
June 8, 2022