Calf Rearing

Monitoring parasite burdens in calves

Monitoring parasite burdens in calves

Ensuring that calves have little or no setbacks during the first grazing season is important, in order to keep them...

June 12, 2022

Coccidiosis in calves: What to look out for

Coccidiosis in calves: What to look out for

Coccidiosis in calves is caused by the same organisms that cause cryptosporidiosis. Where cryptosporidiosis is often seen in younger calves...

June 6, 2022

Pneumonia in calves: What to look for

Pneumonia in calves: What to look for

Pneumonia in calves causes inflammation and damage to the lung tissue and airways, which ultimately compromises lung function. Pneumonia and...

March 10, 2022

Why feeding transition milk to calves is important

Why feeding transition milk to calves is important

Transition milk, the milk following colostrum and between milkings two and eight, has many benefits when fed to calves. Although...

February 16, 2022

Lessons from the pandemic that apply to calf rearing

Lessons from the pandemic that apply to calf rearing

The Covid-19 pandemic has been ongoing for almost two years and many of the lessons learned from it can be...

February 10, 2022

The importance of having a high-quality calf ration

The importance of having a high-quality calf ration

The importance of a high-quality calf ration should not be an underestimated part of any calf-rearing enterprise on farms. A...

February 6, 2022

Ensuring calves get adequate colostrum

Ensuring calves get adequate colostrum

Colostrum is a source of maternal antibodies, which aid the calf when fighting off disease or sickness in early life....

January 23, 2022

Pain management of calves and cows in 2022

Pain management of calves and cows in 2022

Pain management in calves was discussed at the recent online CalfCare event run by Animal Health Ireland (AHI) in conjunction...

January 22, 2022

CalfCare webinar: Preventing bloat in young calves

CalfCare webinar: Preventing bloat in young calves

Bloat in young calves was one of the topics discussed at this week’s online CalfCare event run by Animal Health...

January 19, 2022

Calf jackets: Should you invest in some?

Calf jackets: Should you invest in some?

The use of calf jackets has become increasingly more popular on Irish farms, but are they a worthwhile investment? Calf...

January 12, 2022

Milk replacer: How much can you expect to pay?

Milk replacer: How much can you expect to pay?

Milk replacer is an important part of the calf rearing process on many farms, as it has many nutritional and...

December 30, 2021

Milk replacer hike for spring as prices increase

Milk replacer hike for spring as prices increase

On many farms, milk replacer is a key part of a successful youngstock rearing programme – but will farmers be...

December 17, 2021

Maximising calf performance pre-weaning

Maximising calf performance pre-weaning

On a recent Volac ‘Feeding For Future’ webinar, Dr. Jessica Cooke spoke about maximising calf performance by increasing milk intakes...

October 23, 2021

How well do you really clean your calf-rearing units?

How well do you really clean your calf-rearing units?

According to Scotland-based research scientist, Jamie Robertson, much more can be done to improve the cleanliness and hygiene standards of...

October 22, 2021

Summer scour: A ‘product of our success’

Summer scour: A ‘product of our success’

During the recent XLVets webinar ‘Getting the Most out of the Second Half of the Breeding Season’ Kevin O’Sullivan, a...

June 20, 2021

How good are your calf rearing practices?

How good are your calf rearing practices?

Ongoing Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) research is highlighting the opportunity for calf rearing practices within Northern Ireland’s dairy sector...

May 18, 2021

Virtual Farm Walk: Review of calf price this spring and calf rearing tips

Virtual Farm Walk: Review of calf price this spring and calf rearing tips

In the fourth section of this calf-to-beef virtual farm walk today (Thursday, May 13) on the farm of Teagasc Green Acres...

May 13, 2021

European Commission gives green light to €45 million beef schemes

European Commission gives green light to €45 million beef schemes

The European Commission has given the green light for the two schemes worth €45 million announced earlier this week by...

March 19, 2021