Independent Calf Rearing


The Calf Journey

Calves come in between 14-28 days old. They are weighed and put straight onto the computerised feeder. This can be for up to 6 weeks, depending on age, being fed 4.8 litres a day at 850g of milk powder.

On arrival Calves have access to fresh clean water and a starter nut with deccox included to prevent and cure any coccidiosis.

All calves are treated with flypour to prevent lice, tick and mange.

After two weeks all calves get their first dose of Rispival 4 to protect calves against pneumonia.

Calves are weighed every 2 weeks to keep a close eye on growth rate. This also identifies calves that appear ok but which haven't grown at the expected rate. If there are any health problems, they can be quickly treated.

Calves are slowly weaned over a 10 day period to limit any stress to the calf. Once weaned, calves are moved into bigger pens where they are fed a top-quality rearing nut adlib from a hopper and they will have received their second dose of Rispival 4.

They have now been on farm around 6-7 weeks and will be gaining 1.1 kg per day. They will stay in the same pen until they leave and will be gaining over 1.5kg per day.

Calves leave after 12 weeks at an average of 160-170 kg and will be gaining 1.5 kg/day with my mortality after 7 years of 1%.

Calves will be dehorned and vaccinated against pneumonia and castrated, if required, all which is done by my vet who oversees all aspects of calf health and vaccination.

All Aberdeen Angus and Hereford calves are sold with registered sires that have personally been checked on the breed websites.

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