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Agronomía Mesoamericana

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ELIZONDO-SALAZAR, Jorge Alberto. Energy requirements for dairy calves. Agron. Mesoam [online]. 2013, vol.24, n.1, pp.209-214. ISSN 2215-3608.

The objective of this work was to present the daily  energy requirements of dairy heifer calves extracted from the National Research Council (2001) publication: Nutrient Requirements of Dairy Cattle, during the year 2012 at the Alfredo Volio Mata Experiment Station with the purpose of making this information more available to potential users in  Costa Rica and Latin America. The  calf  requires  special  care  and  attention  in order to survive from  birth to weaning and beyond. From a nutritional point of view, establishing the energy requirements of the young calf could help producers provide diets in order to meet nutrients demands for optimum growth and good health.

Keywords : dairy cattle; feeding; nutrition; calf rearing; growth.

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