Dairy Update: Top Tips For Housing Calves!


On this week's Dairy update, we look at some useful tips when housing calves.

Dairy Update: Top Tips For Housing Calves!

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On this week's Dairy update, we look at some useful tips when housing calves.

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.

For More Information See See S124:2009

Information Source: HSA

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