A healthy-looking group of calves, close to weaning A healthy-looking group of calves, close to weaning

Dairy calf health

Excellent calf health is the basis for good growth – and can be a serious challenge for farmers. From the start, it’s important to build immunity through the intake of colostrum. The first few days are crucial in determining the health and growth of a calf over its lifespan, so it is worth investing in better practices.

importance of colostrum for calves

Managing colostrum for calves

Ensuring the proper intake of colostrum is important, because this milk is rich in antibodies, energy and other substances that give the calf’s health a boost right from the start. It is crucial to provide high-quality colostrum quickly and in a hygienic way.

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taking care of young calves

Calf health management

Managing health is of crucial importance for young calves. Most mortalities are related to diarrhoea, dehydration or respiratory problems, making this a serious challenge for farmers.

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benefits of trace minerals

Mineral Optimisation

As feeding strategies become more intensive, mineral optimisation becomes more important – in fact, they can demand a full reset of both the added minerals and the quality (no sulphates) to ensure calves get all the nutrition they need.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can you measure the quality of colostrum?

To measure the density (=quality) of colostrum, the most practical and simple way is to use a 0-32% BRIX ATC refractometer, which can be bought for as little as €30.

During the first week my calves have thinner faeces. Should I feed them less milk?

In week one, calves normally have thinner faeces due to the development of their digestive system. This is normal; the same development can be seen in human babies. It is important to feed calves as much colostrum as possible, especially in the first two to three days of life.

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LifeStart research shows that metabolic programming during the first weeks of life has a big impact on organ development and leads to a more robust cow with an increased performance later in life.

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