The feeding method influences digestion.
Calves drink slowly; they take about three minutes to drink one litre of milk. They produce plentiful saliva when drinking. Saliva greatly helps their immune system, digestion and pH balance in the fourth stomach.
The oesophageal groove develops during drinking as a result of muscle contractions – the oesophageal groove reflex – to ensure that the milk bypasses the rumen and enters the fourth stomach. As the oesophageal groove has a limited volume, the milk flow must be slow to prevent the milk from overflowing and entering the rumen or lungs.
Use one teat per calf.
On day two, start with a new teat in the one-calf pen, for example on the ECF1 teat bucket. Subsequently, the teat can be transferred to the group bar, together with the calf.
The swapping over of teats is easy when you take this approach.
The mark on the teat must be at the top (12 o’clock) to ensure that the hole is in the right position and the calf can drink the milk slowly.
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