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Calf rearing hints, research and best practice

Purchasing calves – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ideal age to purchase calves? What should volume of milk/milk replacer should calves be feed in the days after purchasing? Is it important to thoroughly understand the calves start in life to make an appropriate decision? Explore answers to some of the most common questions.

Weaning – Frequently Asked Questions

Assuming calf hits appropriate weights, what’s the difference you get weaning at 6 weeks or 8 weeks? What is the ideal weight for weaning calves? What do you mean by ‘sufficiently developed rumen’? Explore answers to some of the most common questions.

Calf Nutrition New Zealand

During their recent visit to New Zealand Bonanza’s Christine Cummins and Amanda Dunn met with and visited several different people and facilities from research and farm advisors to key dairy and beef calf rearing units.

Reducing Calf Morbidity on Dairy and Beef Farms

Reducing Calf Morbidity on Dairy and Beef Farms.  A graduate has been co-funded in this company by the European Regional Development Fund and Enterprise Ireland under the Border, Midland and Western Regional Operational  Programme 2014-2020.

Once-a-day feeding system compares well with computerised feeder

Last year Northern Irish farmers Chris Catherwood and Jason Rankin won the All Ireland calf rearer of the year award and received a computerised machine as a prize. For the last two years the calves on the Cannon farm had been reared using teated feeders and were fed a skim and buttermilk based milk replacer once a day (OAD).

Hay or Straw?

Effect of feeding meadow hay or winter barley straw on the performance of artificially reared dairy-bred beef calves to 12 weeks.

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