In this article on the website of Farmers Guardian, Martin Wheelton talks about some routines in his daily management he has simplified in order to being able to work more easily with a large dairy herd. This involves calving patterns, fertility management and calf rearing. Fertility monitoring Mr. Wheelton has […]
Recently I was invited by Cees van Dal, a producer of calf hutches, the so called CalfOtel hutches. He had just bought my EBook about curing calf scours and was curious about who the person behind this practical information was. Why did I make an EBook on calf scours? He […]Read more...
Dairy cows are the life blood of every dairy operation. Raising new healthy dairy cows is just as important to secure the future of the dairy farm. It takes a skilled person who is able to take care of young calves and to grow them into future dairy cows. It […]Read more...
When a calf is born premature, it is a challenge for the calf to survive. Many times the organs are not fully grown and thus the calf has difficulties in its overall functions. When taking care of such a calf you should take this into account. A premature calf is […]Read more...
Milk digestion of young calves can sometimes be very problematic. This post will explain how this can happen. In order to understand why it can be a problem, the complexity of the digestive system of a ruminant needs to be explained a bit more. In other words, why does a […]Read more...
The First Three Months Are the Most Important. The best guarantee to raise healthy and productive dairy cows lay in the first three months of the calf’s life. If you are not able to get the most out of this period, the chances for optimal growth and capability of producing […]
Today I want to tell a bit more about what is going on inside a calf when it is having scours, or diarrhea. This is important to know because when you understand the processes that are taking place inside the calf, you’ll know better how to respond the proper way. […]
Overcoming contagious diseases like pneumonia and calf scours can be very hard to realize. To be able to overcome these diseases as quickly as possible, a well designed management system is a key factor. It will also help to identify and eliminate the root causes. A good example of this […]
Medication is used many times in young calves. If administered in the proper way the chances of recovery will increase a lot. But it is not always possible to treat calves with the best drug because of its withdrawal period. Using drugs for recovery of sick calves is most of […]
Calf scours is not only a big problem for professional farmers. Hobby farmers, who only have a couple of calves, can have the same problems with calf scours. For them it is even more important to be able to recognize the early symptoms. I realized this when I came across […]
A unique perspective from someone who knows what she is doing. Modern day dairy farming has little to do with the way dairy farming was in the eighteen hundreds. The scale of today’s dairy farms is such that individual care and attention simply isn’t possible anymore. As a result a […]
Calf scours or calf diarrhea remains still a major problem on many farms and ranches. No matter what the causes are, the results can be dramatic in a very short time span. One day you seem to have a perfectly healthy calf and the next day it can be dead. […]
There are several colostrum management systems that are used in the dairy industry today. Luciene Ribeiro (Director of Sales West APC, Inc. ) has written an article on the website of Progressive Dairyman on this subject. In this article she mentions four different systems that can be used. From very […]
A practical example of the benefits of calf hutches is explained in an article written on the website of Farmers Weekly (Great Brittain). In this article, herd manager Graham Carter, explains that his herd had many health problems. Almost 70% of his calves suffered from pneumonia. The vet that was […]