Calf & Youngstock Specialist - South West & Midlands
A farmer’s daughter raised on a mixed beef and sheep farm near Bath, Millie brings a practical and hands-on approach to youngstock rearing. Living between Bath & Bristol, Millie will cover Somerset, Gloucestershire, South Herefordshire, North Wiltshire, North Somerset and eastwards along the M4 corridor.
With a keen passion for all types of livestock through success in the show ring, stock judging and having established her own pedigree shorthorn herd Millie joins the team bringing with her a wealth of knowledge on the beef industry. Previous experience as a livestock buyer has also lead to a great understanding of what is required when it comes end goal of your animal.
Due to an increase in block calving herds and milk contracts implementing new rules, we will see an increase in beef calves into the market. Read our latest blog from our Calf & Youngstock specialists, Milly Hendy and Hannah Braithwaite about how and what to consider when giving the best start in life to your calves.
Colostrum management is the key aspect to any successful calf rearing system. We know the importance of feeding our calves colostrum quickly (within 2 hours of birth), quality (>50mg/l) and quantity (10% of birthweight) but do we know the detrimental effect of the contamination within colostrum if we were to leave it standing after harvesting.
Losses caused by pneumonia in calves arise from: - veterinary attention, cost of treatment, reduced weight gain, increased feed requirements, increased labour. As well as longer finishing times and lower milk yields.
Those who have worked with me know my opinion regarding beef and dairy calves - a calf is a calf! Whether beef or dairy, it should be reared to the highest standard, and the first 3 months is when they are most feed-efficient, therefore enhancing higher daily live weight gains. Nutrition is not the only area we should focus on, we also have to consider health and housing in order to maximise calf performance.
Writing blogs is something that one day will come completely natural to me and other days I will be sitting in front of the computer screen not knowing where to start. Today is one of those days where I have spent all morning searching for inspiration and something interesting but not succeeding.
The main goal for rearing healthy calves successfully and economically is to encourage development of the calf's rumen, enabling digestion of solid feeds and reducing their nutritional dependence on milk.
Recording the growth rate of young stock provides valuable information. It is also an indirect method of monitoring the efficiency of feed conversion. Meeting growth rate targets will ensure maximum return on your investment.
1st of May has been and gone and the summer shows are upon us, a ‘window shop’ opportunity to show off your stock whilst socialising and meeting fellow breeders. This is the only time of year where my regular spray tan, cut and colour, and trip to the nail salon will be replaced with numerous hours of shampooing, blow drying and clipping the all-important show team.