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Tommy the Vet on Getting the Basics of Calf Health Right

With calving season under way, on this week’s episode of the Dairy Edge podcast, Tommy Heffernan aka Tommy the Vet talks about doing the basics right on calf health.

Tommy says that doing the basics right, though sounding boring, is the key to good calf management.

While Colostrum 123 is well ingrained in people’s minds now, the hygiene of the collection of the colostrum is something that people need to focus on.  Due to the nature of colostrum and how it can be difficult to clean equipment afterwards, particular focus needs to be on the utensils used to collect and feed.

Tommy also talks about the space and ventilation requirement of calves and how straw is such an important piece of the calf health jigsaw.

Next week, for part two of the interview, Tommy will be discussing the precision microbes product that he is involved with, how it works and why he is so excited about it.

For more episodes from the Dairy Edge podcast go to the show page at https://www.teagasc.ie/animals/dairy/the-dairy-edge-podcast/
The Dairy Edge is a co-production with LastCastMedia.com