Focus on Calves

Dairy Farming

Focus on Calves

Foreword

Welcome to our fifth edition of the Focus on Calves. I think it’s fair to say that this year has been particularly difficult in regard to calf rearing. The mild, muggy weather we had at the tail end of 2017 didn’t get us off to the best start and calf pneumonia seemed to be one of those topics that every farmer was all too familiar with. If that wasn’t challenging enough, we then had to contend with the Beast from the East - I can’t tell you how many calls we received from frustrated farmers whose automatic calf machine had ‘stopped working’. It would seem that frozen pipes do not lend themselves well to providing water for machines! Yes, it’s been a difficult year so far, but the summer months are upon us and I know many of you will be looking forward to having your heifers out at grass. If that’s the case, then please make sure you have a read of the grazing advice on page 6.

The Wynnstay Calf Team have had a rather exciting year so far in 2018, with the launch of our new milk powder WYNNGOLD™ HEIFERPRO and a trip to the states to attend the DCHA conference. It’s safe to say that we have all learned a lot from our visit across the pond and we are looking forward to having some interesting discussions with you on farm about our visit, but you’ll all be pleased to know that we’re not doing a bad job of it back here in the UK either!

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