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February 2015

Calf Scours - A Vets View

By Wynnstay Dairy Team 5 years ago

Calf scour is one of the biggest health issues in youngstock and there is a seasonal peak in winter. There are several different infectious causes, but often once calves are run down, they suffer mixed infections.

Maximise growth with the Heatwave Milk Warmer

By Wynnstay Dairy Team 5 years ago

There is now plenty of evidence that feeding large quantities of milk solids to calves in the first 60 days of life not only promotes a high daily liveweight gain but also switches on genes in the calf which enhance its metabolism for the rest of its life.

Low Stress System Breeds Success

By Wynnstay Dairy Team 5 years ago

Adopting a stress free rearing system coupled with good nutrition and calf protocols has paid dividends for the Jones brothers who have developed a successful calf rearing enterprise building up from 200 to 1400 reared calves over a period of 3 years.

1000ft above sea level in Colwyn Bay is a good healthy place for a calf rearing enterprise. However, as with all ‘bought in‘ calves there are inherent disease risks and brothers Arfon and Gerallt Jones at Llindir Farm have had to develop strategies to get their calves off to a good start.

Colostrum Management

By Wynnstay Dairy Team 5 years ago

Colostrum is the foundation of a healthy calf and many people have fine-tuned the art of providing the calf with 10% of birth weight within the first 6 hours of life. Why then do we still tend to find problems with calves scouring and generally not doing so well?Sam Leadley, Attica Vets US suggests that good colostrum management starts by harvesting ‘clean colostrum’. In this article he advises some simple protocols that can be implemented on any farm.