The Calf Journey

Calves come in between 14-28 days old. They are weighed, have their first dose of Bovalto Respi 4 and put straight onto the computerised feeder. This can be for up to 6 weeks, depending on age, being fed 4.8 litres a day at 850g of milk powder.
 
On arrival Calves have access to fresh clean water, barley straw and starter nuts.
 
After 3-4 weeks all calves get their second dose of Bovalto Respi 4 to protect calves against pneumonia.
 
Calves are weighed every 2 weeks to keep a close eye on growth rate. This also identifies calves that appear ok but which haven't grown at the expected rate. If there are any health problems, they can be quickly treated.

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Calves are slowly weaned over a 10 day period to limit any stress to the calf. Once weaned, calves are moved into bigger pens where they are fed a top-quality rearing nut adlib from a hopper.
 
They have now been on farm around 6-7 weeks and will be gaining 1.1 kg per day. They will stay in the same pen until they leave and will be gaining over 1.5kg per day.
 
Calves leave after 12 weeks at an average of 160-170 kg and will be gaining 1.5 kg/day with my mortality after 12 years at 1%, the average for calf rearing being 3%.
 
Calves will be dehorned and vaccinated against pneumonia, castrated and BVD tested if required. All aspects of calf health and vaccination is overseen by my vet.
 
All Aberdeen Angus and Hereford calves are sold with registered sires that have personally been checked on the breed websites.

Customers are encouraged to visit to see calves already in the system and view calves being reared for them.
 
There is always stock available for sale on the farm at various ages, for customers looking to purchase stock quickly. No small, underperforming or unhealthy calves will be sold.
 
The all-in / all-out rearing system is proved to lower transferable disease and improve immunology. Dry, clean and purpose designed, this system is planned to meet current and future welfare standards being set by all end purchasers.
 
Good design is evidenced by weight gain and mortality rate which are comfortably within top 5% of specialist calf rearers.

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