Dairy farmers need to change their mindset towards calves, Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) animal health chair TJ Maher told a west Cork IFA meeting in Clonakilty on Monday night.

"If your mindset is that a calf has to be gone out of my farm as quickly as possible and me spending as little as I can on them, you have a mindset problem, because the world has changed and if we don’t recognise that, we have a problem," he said.