Maternal aggression may be behind many attacks on humans by cows, say two overseas animal experts.
In a three-part series, veterinarian Olivia Sutton, of Vetlife Oamaru, looks at optimising future heifers during calf rearing. In this second article, she looks at Failure of Passive Transfer (FPT).
In a three-part series, veterinarian Olivia Sutton, Vetlife Omaru, looks at optimising future heifers with calf rearing.
Weaning based on calf weight and meal intake will help calves develop into healthy heifers, says DairyNZ.
In seasonally calving herds all heifers are expected to be fertile and mated at the same time, but their birth dates typically span four-six weeks.
To set up a dairy cow for a long, productive life you must give her the best possible start. Extra effort now will pay dividends throughout her milking life.
Knowing the signs and stages of labour, how to calf a cow and the immediate care needed after calving, will increase the number of successful births.