Health: Farmer guide - Calf Scour
Calf scour is the most common disease in dairy bred calves causing mortality and reduced growth rates. Find out more about the causes, impact and what you can do to prevent this disease.
Health: Farmer guide - Coccidiosis
Coccidia are a common parasite and an increasingly common cause of diarrhea in young calves. Find out more about the causes, impact and how to prevent calves from becoming infected.
Health: Farmer guide - Calf Pneumonia
Pneumonia is an extremely common problem in young cattle and the most common cause of death in dairy bred calves. Find out more about the causes, impact and how you can reduce the risks.
Health: Farmer guide - Johne’s Disease
Johne’s disease is a chronic inflammation of the intestine caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP). Find out more about the process of infection.
Health: Farmer guide - Calf Bloat
Bloat is an over - expansion of the abomasum or rumen due to the gas, produced by normal fermentation of feed, building up and being unable to escape.
Environment: Farmer guide - Housing for Young Calves
Young calves have particular needs in terms of housing and are often housed in an unsuitable location. Find out about the danger signs of unsuitable housing and how to protect your calves.
Environment: Farmer guide - Hygiene for the Milk-fed Calf
Improper hygiene increases the risk of disease and can be extremely costly. Find out how to reduce the risks of contamination.
Environment: Farmer guide - Protecting Young Calves from Cold Stress
Young calves are very susceptible to low temperatures. They are on highly digestible feed and are not yet ruminating (so less heat is generated by digestion).
Environment: Farmer guide - Calf Jacket Protocol
Calf jackets keep calves warm, dry and healthy, in the winter when temperatures fall below 15º.
Nutrition: Farmer guide - Feed Conversion Efficiency
A number of factors can have an adverse effect on feed conversion efficiency (how well the animal converts feed into desired output). Find out more about these factors and how to reduce them.
Nutrition: Farmers guide - How much to feed the Pre-weaned Calf
Doubling the calf’s birth weight by the time they are weaned is important. Find out more about how to achieve this and expected growth rates by age.
Nutrition: Farmers guide - Growth Measuring Tools
It is important to set growth targets for your farm and regular measurement of the herd is essential. Find out more about how to achieve accurate and consistent measurements.
Nutrition: Farmers guide - Mixing Milk
A top quality milk replacer gives your calves the best possible start in life. Find out how to correctly mix the milk to ensure you make the most out of your investment.
Nutrition: Farmers guide - Colostrum
A colostrometer allows you to gain a quick simple assessment of quality. Find out how to correctly use a colostrometer and the benefits of feeding top quality colostrum.
Nutrition: Farmers guide - Age at First Calving
AFC (age at first calving) is the age at which an animal calves for the first time. Find out more about the average and recommended age at first calving and the advantages of a younger calving age.
Nutrition: Farmers guide - Growth Rate Targets
It is important to set an age at first calving (AFC) early on, and estimate the mature body weight of the calf. Find out more about how to set a target growth rate for your heifers.
Information: Heifer Roadmap
The pre-weaned animal is a fundamental phase of development, and drives the future success of the farm. Plot your Heifer Road Map to see the potential impact of growing better cows.
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