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In the past week Animal Health Ireland (AHI) and Teagasc ran their joint annual series of CalfCare events. This time, going virtual and covering a wider range of topics relating to calf health. The events included a combination of webinars, videos and podcasts as outlined here (Day 4 below)

Day 4: This is the fourth and final in a series covering the content from each of the four days of CalfCare events.

Guidelines for Calf Feeding

On Thursday 21 January, an array of video clips were released and the Beef Edge podcast focused on the guidelines for calf feeding - milk and concentrate feed in the diet of the young calf.

On this week's The Beef Edge, Emer Kennedy highlights the importance of following the correct guideline for making up the milk replacer & Joe Patton outlines how important it is to introduce calves to concentrates in the first week.

Milk Feeding of the Young Calf

Ensuring calves are well fed during the milk feeding period is essential for good health and weight gain. During the first weeks of life, the calf is entirely dependent on milk as a source of nutrition.

Feeding the Young Calf - Solid Feed

When managing the nutrition of young calves on milk, its very important to remember that we must develop the rumen aswell as grow the calf. If the digestive system is not ready for forage the calf will suffer setbacks.

Find all articles in the series below:

  • Day 1: Calf Housing and Preparing for the Calving Season -Webinar here
  • Day 2: 1,2,3 of Colostrum Management, Colostrum Quality & Johnes Disease Videos & Podcast here
  • Day 3: Vaccination of the pregnant cow and common diseases of the young calf  - Webinar here
  • Day 4: Guidelines for Calf Feeding - Videos & Podcast here

To catch up on all of the CalfCare events click here 

For more information on Calf Rearing and Welfare click here