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Kingshay's Knowledgebase - Youngstock

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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BVD Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Update

BVD Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Update

Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) is a highly contagious viral disease of cattle caused by the pestivirus. It causes huge losses in terms of reduced herd health, fertility, pr...

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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 Scours (Bacterial) Farming Note

Calf Scours (Bacterial) Farming Note

Bacterial calf scours can be seriously debilitating and even fatal in the young pre-weaned calf. Losses range from £50 to £165 per exposed calf. This Farming Note cove...

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Calf Scours (Parasite Infections) Farming Note

Calf Scours (Parasite Infections) Farming Note

Loss of condition, reduced liveweight gains and even mortality can all be caused by calf scour parasite infections, cryptosporidium and coccidiosis. It is difficult to q...

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Calf Scours (Viruses) Farming Note

Calf Scours (Viruses) Farming Note

55% of calf mortality from scours is due to Rotavirus and Corona virus. It is emotionally and economically draining trying to nurse scouring calves back to health, whilst...

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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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Clostridial Diseases Farming Note

Clostridial Diseases Farming Note

Clostridial bacteria are always in the environment but once triggered by a stress factor to release toxins, they can lead to disease which often proves fatal. Clostridial...

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Coccidiosis Farming Note

Coccidiosis Farming Note

Coccidiosis infection in young cattle reduces daily liveweight gain, increases the cost of cattle rearing and in severe cases can be fatal. If coccidiosis is present on a...

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