Do calves need urea in feed at 11 weeks old

Willlewis

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Livestock Farmer
I’m about to buy a bag of cattle feed and one option is a 18% pellet with urea in it or the other option is a 18% nut with no urea
What do people think would be best for 11 weak old calves
 

Agrivator

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They are too young and with poorly developed rumens to utilise urea.

I would avoid urea until they are at least eight months old.

And from an economic viewpoint, the price of urea is far too high compared to the prices of barley and (for eg) soya. The soya not only provides good quality and very safe and palatable protein, it also has a higher ME than the barley it replaces.
 
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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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