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How this farmer is saving €40/calf with his new rearing system

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From 10 weeks of age calves are weighed every second week because he said that it gets extremely expensive when feeding ad-lib if it’s not controlled

From 10 weeks of age calves are weighed every second week because he said that it gets extremely expensive when feeding ad-lib if it’s not controlled

From 10 weeks of age calves are weighed every second week because he said that it gets extremely expensive when feeding ad-lib if it’s not controlled

Michael and Shirley Bateman milk 625 cows on 207ha milking platform and rear 205 replacement heifers. Their aim is to have calves to go to contract rearers at three months of age and leave mid way at 100kg plus.

Michael has changed from calves being reared predominantly on milk until they make weaning weight of about 75kg to 80kg, to a system where he gets calves off milk at 35-40 days old and they are on adlib ration from day one, eating 1kg at four weeks and up to 3-3.5kg when they reach the new weaning weight of 85-90kg at the 90-100day mark.

Michael’s new calf system