Bendikas, Petras; Uchockis, Virginijus; Jonaitis, Liudas
December 2004
Veterinarija ir Zootechnika;2004, Vol. 28 Issue 50, p48
Academic Journal
In 2002 a new whole milk substitute „ Veršelis“, based on the Dutch technology, was put into production in Lithuania. The aim of our study was to investigate the effect of the milk substitute in the diets of calves. Sixteen Lithuanian Black/White breed calves were randomly divided into 2 groups (control and experimental), of 8 animals in each. The control diet used in the experiment was based on whole milk, and the experimental diet on whole milk substitute with feed starter or grass. The results indicated that dry whole milk substitute „ Veršelis“ produced by joint- stock company „ LITAMILK“ met all the zootechnical requirements for milk substitutes. The substitute in combination with the compound feed-starter and other grass feeds was beneficial to the growth of calves and had no negative influence on their health. The calves in control group fed limited amount of whole milk, starter and hay ad libitum gained daily 879 g of live weight, while the calves in experimental group fed whole milk substitute and the other feeds ad libitum gained daily 951 g (p<0.05). The cost price per tonne of live weight gain was 20.5% lower in experimental calves compared to the control group.


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