Performance of Red Deer Calves After Early Weaning

  • 21 pages

  • Published: 1 Dec 2001

  • Author(s): Dryden, G.McL.

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This publication reports an investigation into the effects of the artificial rearing of early-weaned female red deer (Cervus elaphus) calves. Calves were weaned at either seven or nine weeks of age, and their immediate responses to early weaning, i.e. their acceptance and consumption of solid food, occurrence of ill-health (such as diarrhoea, dehydration, and laminitis), their growth during the period of artificial rearing and throughout the subsequent year, and their abilities to digest solid food constituents, were monitored.