Welcome to our 8th edition of the Focus on Calves. As I write this, I am crossing the Irish sea for what feels like the 100th time (now firmly a Stena Line gold member!) Whilst COVID-19 has taken much from us, it has also forced us to take stock and appreciate who and what is around us.
Local businesses and farms have been well supported during the pandemic, a practice which I hope continues long after the airports have opened, and face masks have disappeared. Supporting local is not exclusive to the supermarket shelves – turn to page 31 to read about the success of SuperNova. The very first calf milk replacer with all proteins coming exclusively from within the UK, underpinning the local milk field.
What is new in the world of calf rearing? Page 20-21 Georgina Thomas from Trouw explains calf scour in a whole new light, and the correct strategies for correcting diarrhoea. We also explore smaller stature calves, and discuss how they are not just smaller Holsteins, and they should be managed differently.
New research is not always the answer. Sometimes we need to adjust and re-evaluate current practices to get the most from our youngstock. Elinor Thomas evaluates calf jackets and how to use them correctly, with Laura Monk exploring weaning strategies and what works best.
We have an exciting competition on page 35 where you could win a fantastic prize, be sure to enter so that you don’t miss your chance of winning!
We ran a competition in May to find some new images to feature within our Focus on Calves newsletter, within this publication you will find our chosen winners. Thank you to everyone who sent images, we loved seeing them!
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You will notice that our front cover is a little different to usual…….we would love some of our little next generation farmers to get involved to help us create a unique front cover that will stand out. Have a go at designing our cover and send a photo of your cover design to email@example.com. We will then share our favourite designs on social media.
As the world slowly opens again, we are looking forward to seeing you soon with lots of exciting plans for the year ahead.