Calfcare Week is set to go virtual for 2021 – with farmers set to get the most up-to-date info on best practice in calf management without having to leave their house.

Due to current circumstances and the ongoing efforts to halt the spread of Covid-19, Animal Health Ireland (AHI) and Teagasc are working together in January to run their annual series of CalfCare events online.

In a brief statement the partners said: “This time we are going virtual and covering a wider range of topics relating to calf health.

CalfCare Virtual Week runs from Monday, January 18, and comprises of a combination of webinars, videos, podcasts and supporting articles.

The CalfCare schedule will run from Monday to Thursday, January 21, with a different topic earmarked for each day.

Monday will see a focus placed on calf housing and preparing for the calving season. Questions will be answered by a panel of speakers from AHI and Teagasc experienced in the area of calf health in a live webinar at 7:30pm that evening.

On Tuesday, video clips and a podcast will look at the 1,2,3 of colostrum management, colostrum quality and managing Johne’s disease at calving.

Wednesday will see attention turn to the vaccination of the pregnant cow and common diseases of the young calf. Once again, a panel Q&A webinar will be live from 7:30pm.

Finally, Thursday will have more videos and podcasts, this time covering the guidelines for calf feeding – looking at milk and concentrate feed in a young calf’s diet.

More details and links to the webinars and podcasts will be available in January.