Tips For Calf Health And Welfare

Young calves are among the most exposed animals on the farm and the adoption of best practice methods in the regions of nutrition, husbandry, and housing can ensure that these animals get off to a healthy start in life, with great growth rates and a healthy immune system.

Calf nutrition: Optimum nutrition of the calf will encourage good health and early weight gain, resulting in improved life milk production. For more information about calf health you can visit

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Replacement heifer calves will normally have the greatest genetic potential from the herd and would be the future milk providers. 

It is also crucial that any beef calves that are born on dairy farms get off to a healthy beginning, together with best practice approaches in animal husbandry embraced and each of the calf's nutrients needs to be met.

Colostrum direction: It's crucial that newborn calves get an adequate volume of colostrum during the first 6 months and ideally within two hours of arrival. Adhere to the AHI colostrum guidelines:

-Feed the first milking from the mother.

-The calf should receive it within two hours of arrival.

-Feed three liters of colostrum.

Young calves (around 6 months) are the most vulnerable animals in a herd. Together with good hygiene and animal husbandry, calf nutrition is an integral variable influencing their growth levels and immune function.