Calf Feeds

Calf Feeds

Calf Starter Feeding Protocols

Calves should be introduced to starter feed at three days of age. A good tip is to crumble a small amount of feed and place on the calf’s tongue after their milk feed - this will encourage calves to the feed and help early intakes. Offer starter feed ad lib but keep fresh. Ensure clean, fresh water, and good quality straw are always on offer.


Weaning can be a stressful time for the calf and if not carried out properly can set back progress within the rearing programme. Criteria for weaning heifer calves are as follows:

  • Target weaning age is eight weeks
  • Calves should have doubled their birthweight
  • Calves should be consuming at least 2kg per day of Start ‘n’ Wean nuts or Super Krunch + AlfAlfa for three consecutive days prior to weaning
  • Calves to be weaned are healthy and free of disease

Heifer calves can be weaned in groups of 6 - 8 animals. The calves grouped together according to age and size from a few weeks after birth. This is carried out to help minimise stress associated with weaning. 

Weaning can either be over a period of 4 - 5 days whereby the amount of milk offered is gradually reduced or calves can be weaned abruptly, providing calves are consuming 2kg Start ‘n’ Wean nuts or Super Krunch + AlfAlfa for three consecutive days.

Calves should be kept on the same forage and starter feed over the weaning period. After weaning, calves remain in the same pen for 1 - 2 weeks. The starter feed continuing to be offered ad lib until concentrate intakes of around 3kg per calf per day are achieved. The animals can then be moved to rearing accommodation.

Rearing the calf (weaning - 4 months)

Calves at this stage are managed to achieve growth rates approaching 0.75 - 0.85kg per calf per day. This is achieved by maintaining calves on ad lib forage as well as introducing them at 10 - 12 weeks of age on to a quality AdVance™ rearing compound (Heifer 600, Rearer 18, Rearer 16). Typical feeding rates are between 1 - 4kg per calf per day depending on the quality of forage on offer.

AdVance Calf Starter Feeds


Cattle Feed

High quality calf starter feed (6mm nuts)

Youngstock are the future of your herd, so optimising their growth and development is the key to future profitability.

Formulated for palatability and performance:

  • Rapid rumen development
  • Contains Nutritionally Improved Straw (NIS) for a healthy digestive system
  • Very palatable
  • Highly digestible protein, essential for growth
  • Deccox available as an optional extra


Suitable for all calf rearing systems, where early intakes and high growth rates are required. For feeding from three days to 10 - 12 weeks of age.
Availability: 20kg, 500kg tote bags or bulk (4t minimum)

Super Krunch + AlfAlfa

Cattle Feed

Extremely palatable 18% protein, sticky, coarse calf starter (a coarse alternative to Start ‘n’ Wean nuts).

NIS and AlfAlfa for a natural, very high-quality source of digestible fibre


Suitable for all calf rearing systems, where early intakes and high growth rates are required. For feeding from three days to 12 weeks of age.
Availability: 25kg, 500kg tote bags

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