A farmer’s daughter raised on a dairy farm in South Wales, Elinor brings a hands-on approach to the calf specialist team.
Elinor studied for a foundation degree in agriculture at Gelli Aur College. During her time there she worked on a 200 cow dairy farm in the Vale of Glamorgan and was responsible for the role of managing the herd; additional experience included placement on a spring and autumn calving farm in Aberaeron, rearing calves.
Living in South Wales, Elinor will be covering Gwent in the east to Haverfordwest in the west of Wales, Elinor will be there to support and provide advice to farmers on all aspects of calf rearing; ranging from milk powders, heifer feed and calf accommodation.
Elinor has a keen interest in calf housing and is looking forward to helping you make the right choices when it comes to providing calves with the best environment in which they can thrive.
When selecting a feeding programme for your calves there are pros and cons to consider before making the move: disease risk, nutrient intake for growth performance, and economics. You may think that pasteurisation is the best option for your system and so it may be, but it might be worth reading on to consider some of the myths of pasteurising.
There is no doubt that cryptosporidium (Crypto) is a major calf health problem, with it being the most commonly diagnosed pathogen in preweaning calves. 40% of infectious diarrhoea is caused by Crypto. So what is it and how can we tackle it?
It has become evident that in recent years nutrition and management in the first weeks of life can have long term effect on production. Restricted feeding is considered to be short term cost effective, encourages earlier weaning and produces a reasonably productive cow.