Prepare during the dry period before calving to help reduce the peak workload during calving. In this short clip learn top tips to help with the busy calving season ahead.
The principles of good calf rearing
The success of a calf rearing programme depends on the stockperson’s ability to optimise the 10 principles of good calf rearing.
Animal Welfare and Health and Safety focuses on how to, and the importance of, preparing your calving and calf rearing facilities in advance of the season.
The Newborn Calf - Introduction to calf rearing, care of the newborn calf, colostrum feeding of the newborn
Calf Procurement and Transfer -Sourcing the calf, transporting the calf from farm of origin, habituation to a new environment
The liquid diet, milk feeding systems and methods. Milk replacer feeding, milk replacer nutritional specification
The primary objective of the calf rearing phase is to transition the calf from a milk based diet to a solid feed based diet.
Calves need clean dry bedding, a draught free environment. They can be reared in individual or group pens
Calf diagnosis and disease prevention, diarrhoea (scour), pneumonia and other common conditions
Tagging, castrating and disbudding calves. The successful weaning of calves and monitoring calf growth and performance