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Calf Rearing – Birth to Weaning:

  • Produce a plan from birth to calving
  • Assess the body condition of the dam
  • Know how best to set up and run a calving system
  • Evaluate a calf’s ABC (Airway, Breathing, Circulation)
  • List the major roles of colostrum: energy, warmth, laxative, passive transfer
  • Know the correct amount and time frame for colostrum intake
  • Know how to administer supplementary colostrum safely
  • Appreciate that colostrum does not need to clot in the abomasum in the same way as milk.

Calf Rearing – Heifer Rearing:

  • Describe the optimum age and condition of heifers at calving
  • Explain the problems of over or under condition in these animals
  • Discuss the advantages of an integrated approach to heifer pre-calving management
  • Understand the pros and cons of AI, Synchronisation and Natural Service
  • Set targets for heifer calving: age, weight, height.

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Calf Rearing – Birth to Weaning:

  • Produce a plan from birth to calving
  • Assess the body condition of the dam
  • Know how best to set up and run a calving system
  • Evaluate a calf’s ABC (Airway, Breathing, Circulation)
  • List the major roles of colostrum: energy, warmth, laxative, passive transfer
  • Know the correct amount and time frame for colostrum intake
  • Know how to administer supplementary colostrum safely
  • Appreciate that colostrum does not need to clot in the abomasum in the same way as milk.

Calf Rearing – Heifer Rearing:

  • Describe the optimum age and condition of heifers at calving
  • Explain the problems of over or under condition in these animals
  • Discuss the advantages of an integrated approach to heifer pre-calving management
  • Understand the pros and cons of AI, Synchronisation and Natural Service
  • Set targets for heifer calving: age, weight, height.
FarmSkills Calf Rearing Part 1 & 2

Delivery method

Classroom

Who should attend?

Anyone wanting to be able to plan and prepare for successful heifer production, conduct basic first aid in the neo-natal calf and provide appropriate management to ensure maximum survival rates and set targets and manage heifers to minimise problems for the calving heifer, maximise calf survival and heifer lifetime productivity.

What will be covered?

Calf Rearing – Birth to Weaning:

  • Produce a plan from birth to calving
  • Assess the body condition of the dam
  • Know how best to set up and run a calving system
  • Evaluate a calf’s ABC (Airway, Breathing, Circulation)
  • List the major roles of colostrum: energy, warmth, laxative, passive transfer
  • Know the correct amount and time frame for colostrum intake
  • Know how to administer supplementary colostrum safely
  • Appreciate that colostrum does not need to clot in the abomasum in the same way as milk.

Calf Rearing – Heifer Rearing:

  • Describe the optimum age and condition of heifers at calving
  • Explain the problems of over or under condition in these animals
  • Discuss the advantages of an integrated approach to heifer pre-calving management
  • Understand the pros and cons of AI, Synchronisation and Natural Service
  • Set targets for heifer calving: age, weight, height.

Other areas of interest

  • FarmSkills Lambing
  • FarmSkills foot trimming
  • FarmSkills DIY AI
  • Farmskills Mastering Medicines
  • FarmSkill Lameness.
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