Help and AdviceCalf rearing hints, research and best practice
Good colostrum management is vital to ensure the health and well-being of your lambs Colostrum contains high levels of antibodies, and has much greater total solids content than whole milk.
Although it may not seem so, the perinatal period is the most risky period in the life of a calf. Getting a live calf on the ground is crucial in all our books, however ensuring the calf doesn’t contract disease when it gets there is another imperative battle to be fought.
In our guide to milk feeding lambs we explore the best milk feeding option for your system, advantages and disadvantages of bottle feeding and more.
Colostrum management for newborn calves remains a problem on many farms. The modern dairy cow doesn’t share the same level of maternal instinct as her predecessor. She may produce a greater volume of colostrum but it is more dilute.
Possible ways to advance survival of the newborn lamb is to maximise lamb vigour, encourage maternal bonding, enhance colostrum production, select on behaviour traits, and improved feed management during late pregnancy.
What is the first thing we do when we see a sick calf, well normally the calf is treated. But in most cases the calf is left among his currently healthy companions.
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Evaluation of sodium butyrate and concentrate crude protein level on the health of artificially reared beef calves to 12 weeks by Peter Williams
Evaluation of sodium butyrate and concentrate crude protein level on the health of artificially reared beef calves to 12 weeks by Peter Williams.