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How to manage dairy-to-beef calves' health after purchase

Margins are very tight in these systems so it is critical to ensure your calves thrive

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Bedding and ventilation: Newly arrived calves should be quarantined in a shed with a high roof and plenty of straw.

Bedding and ventilation: Newly arrived calves should be quarantined in a shed with a high roof and plenty of straw.

Bedding and ventilation: Newly arrived calves should be quarantined in a shed with a high roof and plenty of straw.

Failure to invest in dairy calf-to-beef system health measures will hit farmers in their pockets, a Teagasc beef expert has warned.

Teagasc beef exert Alan Dillon was addressing a recent Teagasc beef conference in Co Cavan, where he said the first step in a healthy dairy-calf-to-beef system was buying direct from farms and keeping the number of farms you purchase from to a minimum.

"Source calves from a reliable source," he said. "We're really encouraging buying off farms. You'll probably be able to get a better handle on colostrum being fed to calves, in terms of what the housing conditions are… you don't want a calf that has had a setback already.


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