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from 'could do better' to top of the heifer rearing class


"The day a heifer calf is born, you can write on a calendar when it should calve," Jimmy More says. "By making this 24 months of age, you minimise your non-productive head-count"

 dairy cows and vets

  • Despite two-year age at first calving (AFC) being "where the money is", vet Jimmy More from the Galloway practice in SW Scotland is alarmed that only 6.9% of heifers have been found to have calved at that age in a new analysis of the national cattle database

  • To address the main pneumonia problem, colostrum was stage one; well ventilated draught-free housing, stage two; and intranasal vaccination at nine days of age against the two viruses most commonly implicated in baby calf pneumonia, BRSv and Pi3v, stage three.

  • "People are the most important factor," David Campion says. "With clear goals, sound knowledge, high motivation and effective systems, good people can hit two-year age at first calving with no more than minimal, unavoidable casualties along the way, resulting in productive and profitable adult performance."


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