‘Good calf rearing starts before birth, and continues until the cattle themselves calve for the first time’
The aim of young stock rearing is to produce dairy cows that are fully ready for a healthy, long and productive life. Young stock are the future of every dairy farm. Yet many dairy farms have still not yet managed to get their heifers calving the age of 23 to 24 months without problems. Scours and respiratory problems are big troublemakers, as are nutritional deficiencies. And there are more factors that stop a heifer growing up to be a strong and productive milking cow.
Young Stock Signals illustrates the procedures and concepts for actually achieving that. A guide full of practical solutions that cost little time and give a lot of job satisfaction. Successful young stock rearing is decided mainly during the calf’s first 100 days. To that end, Young Stock Signals provides numerous examples of good housing, proper feeding and better feed regimes, complete with efficient dayly, weekly and monthly schedules. Did you know that providing sufficient nutrition ensures that calves have fewer problems with diarrhoea caused by cryptosporidiosis? And did you know that a fixed weekly calf-moving day leads to better results?
The best young stock rearers have clear goals, and they keep their finger constantly on the pulse. They make efficient use of labour, housing and nutrition, and carry out daily checks to ensure each calf is in optimum health. This book describes their working method.
Young Stock Signals is a practical guide, where everyone who wants to rear young stock will find valuable information. The clear text, schedules and images make the information practical and directly applicable.
Young Stock Signals is an edition in the Cow Signals series®. CowSignals® presents practical knowledge about animal-oriented dairy cattle keeping, in an accessible way.