Management of late born calves

Remain vigilant in maintaining hygiene in calving pens and calf pens nearing the end of the calving season.

There is a higher risk of infection due to E.Coli, rota and corona viruses and cryptosporidia. When late calves are let out to pasture put them onto fresh pasture instead of into “the calf paddock beside the house” that was used all spring… of pathogens!

Move your drinking and feeding trough as this is a red flag area to harbour and transmit disease. Ensure calves at weaning are getting at least 1kg of starter ration to avoid any growth check. Calves need a small amount of hay for the development of the rumen but avoid high intakes as this can lead to “hay-bellies”. Monitor for scours and treat accordingly (use scour test kit to identify pathogen present for most efficient treatment). Also monitor for any coughing. Follow product guidelines when deciding on first dose and interval of dosing thereafter. Late born calves will benefit from trace element supplementation. The use of Calf Boost Paste can help any convalescent or weak calves.