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Calf Rearing

Preparing Calving Facilities

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. 

10 Principles of calf rearing


Animal Welfare and Health & Safety

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

The Newborn Calf - Introduction to calf rearing, care of the newborn calf, colostrum feeding of the newborn

Calf Procurement and Transfer

Calf Procurement and Transfer -Sourcing the calf, transporting the calf from farm of origin, habituation to a new environment

Calf Rearing: Milk Feeding

The liquid diet, milk feeding systems and methods. Milk replacer feeding, milk replacer nutritional specification

Rumen Development

The primary objective of the calf rearing phase is to transition the calf from a milk based diet to a solid feed based diet.

Calf Housing

Calves need clean dry bedding, a draught free environment. They can be reared in individual or group pens

Calf Health

Calf diagnosis and disease prevention, diarrhoea (scour), pneumonia and other common conditions

Routine Calf Management Practices

Tagging, castrating and disbudding calves. The successful weaning of calves and monitoring calf growth and performance