If you are concerned about calf health you can now ask your vet for a detailed, score-based appraisal of your youngstock rearing system, thanks to the launch of a new checklist tool from MSD Animal Health.
The comprehensive and interactive checklist – developed in conjunction with vets and nutritionists experienced in investigating youngstock management problems – will help you draw up a workable action plan to improve calf health.
This new checklist-based tool explores, records and scores calf health performance across five core areas (see supporting graphic) to identify the strengths and weaknesses of any rearing unit’s environment and processes. Working through a series of 10 questions within each core area – designed to tease out where a rearing unit is in terms of accepted best management practice – allows vet and farmer to quickly pinpoint any areas needing attention. What’s more, repeating the checklist every six or 12 months is a great way to keep things on track, allowing both parties to monitor progress against agreed targets.
Work with your vet to set targets: