Newborn calves are very vulnerable to disease, as they are born with an underdeveloped immune system. This leaves the calf vulnerable to disease for a significant period of time. Cleanliness of housing and equipment, and biosecurity is important to prevent the spread of disease-causing pathogens...
The world of agriculture lost a giant last week. He was one of the originals. Charlie, devoted his life to bringing natural solutions to farmers all over the globe. A pioneer in the feeding of Direct Fed Microbials (Yeast, Probiotics and Enzymes) he mentored many a young person and introduced “natural concepts” that were way ahead of their time.
The neonatal calf must be fed highly digestible feeds containing necessary levels of high-quality protein, energy, vitamins, and minerals. When quantifying how much we should be feeding our calves, we divide the requirements into three categories: maintenance, growth, and immunity.
It may seem basic, and I hope it does, but the calf’s environment plays a HUGE role in the success of the pre-weaning period. A calf needs a dry, draft free area to call home. Easy access to water and feed is a must, and easy access for workers to provide individual care.