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Improvements in the calf rearing period can have an impact on health during the rearing period but also on milk production later down the line as Rebecca Jordan found out when visiting a dairy unit in Dorset.
It is all too easy to see things happening on-farm and dismiss it as normality, but by using the concept of ‘cow signals’ farmers can learn to take an outsider’s view on their dairy herd’s health and well-being.
Getting the fundamentals correct in the crucial first 14 weeks of a calf’s life was discussed by speakers at an open day organised by Livestock Supplies and held at the company’s rearing unit in Beeston, Cheshire.