With housed calves, there is always a lot of manual work in feeding, cleaning the pens, drenching and vaccinating or if a calf needs to be lifted. The basic requirements for calf housing have been defined in law. These specifications also provide a safe facility for work with calves.
Some Useful Tips:
- Construction which can provide clean,dry, warm and draught-free accommodation without risk of injury to the health of animals and workers.
- Designs which allows feeding, cleaning, disinfection and general hygiene should be sought out, to ensure easier management.
- Make sure you have a design which allows a thorough inspection of calves and easy stock management.
- Adequate ventilation provided at all times.
- Aircirculation, dust levels,temperature, relative humidity and gas concentrations must be kept within limits, which are not harmful to the animal.
- Adequate unobstructed floor space.
- Facilities for storing and handling wastes.
- Accommodation for the isolation of sick calves.
- Adequate natural and artificial lighting is very important.
- Adequate drinking water is a top priority.
- Ensure adequate drainage.