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Kingshay's Knowledgebase - Calf Rearing

Black & White Bull Calves Farming Note

Black & White Bull Calves Farming Note

Figures suggest that just under 100,000 of the estimated 470,900 black and white bull calves born in the UK in 2011 were killed on site or not registered, due to poor c...

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Calf Housing Farming Note

Calf Housing Farming Note

It is estimated that more than 6% of calves die before they reach six months of age, most of these losses occur in the first month of the calves’ life and many are a re...

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Calf Management Farming Note

Calf Management Farming Note

Kingshay's Youngstock Management Survey showed that 87% of farmers have seen cases of calf pneumonia and 50% joint ill on their farm. Good calf management is crucial if a...

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Calf pneumonia

Calf pneumonia

Bovine respiratory disease is a major health problem in calves which has both long-term and short-term deleterious consequences.  It is a multifactorial disease which ca...

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Calf Scours

Calf Scours

Diarrhoea or ‘scours’ is one of the leading causes of mortality in pre-weaned calves, particularly in the first month of life. The cost of an outbreak of scour can av...

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Calf Weaning

Calf Weaning

Traditional calf feeding practice limits milk fed to encourage early intakes of concentrates and promote earlier weaning, to cut feed costs and labour. Recent research ho...

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Feeding the calf

Feeding the calf

In a traditional dairy calf rearing system, calves are fed 10% of their birthweight in milk over two feeds daily i.e. 2 feeds of 2 litres. In comparison, a calf left on t...

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Kingshay Calf Jackets Tried & Tested Report

Kingshay Calf Jackets Tried & Tested Report

In response to member queries about calf jackets and their efficacy, we carried out a Tried & Tested survey and trial in early 2015. The survey was completed by a sam...

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RESEARCH Insight – September 2018 - Cow and Calf Behaviour

RESEARCH Insight – September 2018 - Cow and Calf Behaviour

This is the third issue of our new publication, research insight. The aim of the publication is to translate relevant scientific research into useful information for your...

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Selective Antibiotic Use

Selective Antibiotic Use

There is increasing pressure on producers to use veterinary medicines more sparingly, in particular, antibiotics. Many assurance schemes are striving to prove agriculture...

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Youngstock Housing Farming Note

Youngstock Housing Farming Note

Replacement heifers account for almost 10% of on-farm costs, yet the Kingshay 2012 Youngstock Survey found that 15.5% of first-calving heifers fail to calve into the milk...

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Youngstock Management Report

Youngstock Management Report

The young dairy heifers are the future of your herd. By planning their rearing from day one until they start their first lactation, farm profits can be improved as a resu...

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