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Managing cows that calve in late March
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Managing cows that calve in late March

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How much milk do calves really need?
How much milk do calves really need?

At this stage, over 75% of the calves have landed on spring-calving dairy farms across Ireland – maybe a few less the further north you travel up the country. Rearing healthy calves with minimum mortality is crucial in a successful dairy business. Good calf-rearing systems should target less than 3% mortality from calving to weaning.

We all know that giving the newborn calf enough good-quality colostrum is critically important to ensure its health and well-being. Approximately two-thirds of tests carried out in national vet laboratories show inadequate absorption of antibodies is a major factor in calf death and disease ...

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