The annual Animal Health Ireland (AHI) and Teagasc CalfCare events will be run virtually later this month, with 1.6m calves expected to arrive on beef and dairy farms by the end of April 2021.

It will take place from 18 to 21 January and will cover a wide range of topics relating to calf health through a combination of webinars, videos and podcasts.

Areas to be covered include preparing for the calving season with practical tips, calf housing, colostrum management, vaccinating the pregnant cow and calf health and feeding.

David Graham of AHI said the topics covered will be of relevance to both dairy and beef farmers as they prepare to implement high standards of calf health and welfare across their farms this spring.

Busy period

Teagasc dairy specialist Stuart Childs said the number of calf births had resulted in spring becoming an increasingly intense part of the farming calendar.

“Heightened awareness of calf health has resulted in improved standards and increased survival rates reported from dairy and beef farms nationally,” Childs said.

“The purpose of CalfCare virtual week is to remind dairy and beef farmers of the key practices necessary to maintain those standards in the busy spring period.”

Those interested can register to attend the webinars at, while videos will be available each day through social media, as well as on the AHI and Teagasc websites.

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