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A REVIEW OF ISSUES SURROUNDING THE FEEDING OF WASTE MILK AND PASTEURIZATION OF WASTE MILK AND COLOSTRUM

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Professional heifer growers are faced with the challenge of raising healthy calves while still paying close attention to rearing costs and profit. Heifer raisers have several options for liquid feeding programs for young calves including whole (saleable) milk, transition milk, waste or discard milk, and milk replacer. Factors that may be considered in selecting a liquid feeding program may include the number of calves fed, economics and cash flow, nutritional characteristics, calf performance targets, resource availability (e.g. consistent supply of waste milk), infectious disease control concerns, and personal preferences. This paper will review some of these considerations as well as discuss specific considerations that come into play when pasteurizing waste milk and colostrum.

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Sandra Godden DVM, DVSc
College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN 55108