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Record number 541733
Title Reduced calf mortality when the calf’s needs are leading : Pledge for a renewed view on calf rearing
Author(s) Ferwerda-van Zonneveld, R.T.; Bos, A.P.; Plomp, M.; Gaag, M.A. van der; Antonis, A.F.G.
Source Wageningen : Wageningen University & Research - 15 p.
Department(s) Livestock & Environment
Virology
Publication type Research report
Publication year 2017
Keyword(s) animal welfare - animal production - dairy cattle - calves - animal health - animal nutrition - animal housing - animal behaviour - elasticity
Categories Animal Health and Welfare
About Over the past years calf mortality is gradually increasing in The Netherlands. This is not good for the calves in the first place, but secondly a problem for the dairy farmer as well as the whole sector (dairy and veal/beef). Most significant measures are well known but seemingly hard to implement. Due to the often high workload on dairy farms, other farm activities easily get priority over calf rearing. Lack of time and attention prevent a structural improvement of the rearing results. A renewed view on management and housing systems, and nutrition of young calves can be a stimulant in the quest for solving pathways meeting the care needs of the young calf and the optimal care offer of the dairy farmer. And let’s be honest, no farmer likes to see his calves die!
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