Which teats are best? The ‘peach peach’ teats in the blue feeder are better than the black ones in the grey feeders. We replaced these the other day, partly because we had pierced them at the start of the year and with the constant sucking, the milk was just pouring out of them. Plus we thought that if we get the older calves to ‘break’ in the new teats, it would be that bit easier for newborns next year! The calves didn’t know what was happening the first morning and they must have spent 15 minutes sucking what normally took less than a minute. These are supposed to prevent gulping and engorging alright but are very hard for newborns. As you can see from the photo below, some of these teats were bitten in half whereas the ‘peach peach’ teats are still fine.
Read the full story here: http://irishfarmerette.com/2013/03/16/feeding-dairy-calves-bucket-v-teat-feeder/