Shelter for the calf

Shelter for the calf

Shelter for the calf We invest heavily in our calves; whether they go on to be a producer in your dairy herd, or to deliver you a high carcass weight as a 2 year-old. It is vital that your management of their environment is optimal. The creation of a rearing shed that...
Science of once a day feeding

Science of once a day feeding

Science of once-a-day-feeding For years the most frequently asked question on calf rearing was: “Why should I feed my calves milk only once a day? It’s so unnatural.” Even though these days nearly all beef farmers feed once a day, many do not...
Feeding Regimes

Feeding Regimes

Feeding Regimes What feeding system to use? There are two main feeding systems commonly used by New Zealand calf rearers, twice-a-day and once-a-day. Rearers can use calf milk replacers, liquid whole milk systems or a combination of both. Many dairy farmers now...
Economics of Calf Rearing

Economics of Calf Rearing

Viability and Economics Let’s face it – there is no perfect way to rear calves. Essentially you choose a system that best fits your resources and requirements. However, whether you are a dairy or beef farmer you’re looking for economic viability and a...
Troubleshooting calf disease and illness

Troubleshooting calf disease and illness

Trouble shooting calf disease and illness SYMPTOMSPOSSIBLE CAUSES Reluctant to standInjury, joint ill (navel infection) Diarrhoea? Swollen navelNavel infection? Hernia? Pizzle sucking? Reluctant to drink – slow drinkingInfectious disease in general, mouth injury...
Scours – Nutritional

Scours – Nutritional

Scours – Nutritional Nutritional scours is attributable to two major causes, a lack of initial colostrum and stress. In other words – management! When a calf is stressed the there is a reduction in acid secretion into the abomasum. This impairs milk clotting and...
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