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CALF REARING FOCUS
JANUARY
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and withhold access again the following morning from
around 9.00am. In a compactly calved herd, half the herd
will commence night-time feeding from early January and
while cows are housed in the dry house and then the calving
area prior to calving. The topic of night-time feeding is one
of the ideas being discussed on the topic of labour saving.
Mark Cassidy from Kells, Co Meath, spoke at the 2017
National Dairy Conference in Cavan about how he manages
the springtime workload on his farm. He will calve over 90
per cent of his 340-cow dairy herd between early February
and mid-March. Among the important labour-saving tips
practiced on the Cassidy farm include:
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The division of labour, with all hired labour assigned to
specific tasks such as milking, calf rearing or cow feeding;
rostering of labour is organised before the season starts so
everyone knows when they're working;
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Once-a-day milking is practised during February: twice-
daily milking starts in March when the bulk of the cows
have already calved; and
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The sale of surplus calves as soon as possible after birth,
while replacement heifers are moved to the contract
rearer's farm shortly after birth.
DISINFECTION
Important infections that are
transmitted around calving
include Johne's disease,
leptospirosis, salmonellosis,
neosporosis and mastitis,
scour and navel-ill-causing
pathogens. Disinfection
protocols can reduce these
infectious risks.
HOUSING
Calf and calving
accommodation is often the
last investment that takes
place of dairy farms following
a period of expansion. The
latest guidelines on calf
housing and design will be
presented at the events.
JOHNE'S DISEASE
This is a bacterial disease of
cattle and other ruminants
for which there is no cure.
Cattle usually become
infected as calves early in life
by drinking or eating milk or
food contaminated with the
bacteria, which are shed in the
dung or milk of infected adult
cattle. Calves are the most
susceptible animals on a farm
but, by around 6- 12 months
of age, are less susceptible to
infection. By focusing on a
few simple calf-management
practices, farmers can
effectively reduce the risk of
infection using practices which
are also aids to improving
general calf health.
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