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Calf & Youngstock

Colostrum and its importance to new calves

As times change and farming becomes an ever more competitive business, farmers are all striving to get the best and the most from their calves. The first and most important factor in a calf’s first hours of life is colostrum.

Gone are the days where we leave the calf with the cow and hope that it sucks enough itself – with no idea how much the calf is getting or of what quality.

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Managing the Spring Born Calf

With calving in full swing across the UK, there will inevitably be immense pressures on transition cows, new born calves, the environment they are in and the staff managing the herds. Due to the nature of a tight spring calving pattern dry cow/calving pens are often overstocked at peak, creating inadequate conditions for the calf to be born into, having a detrimental effect on both transition cows and the new arrival.

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