VET40140 Calf Health & Heifer Rearing

VET40140 Calf Health & Heifer Rearing

VET40140 Calf Health & Heifer Rearing 150 150 Peter

VET40140 Calf Health & Heifer Rearing

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module focuses on dairy heifer management from birth to breeding. It will provide an in-depth insight into the following topics related to calf health and heifer rearing:
– Perinatal mortality
– General principles of disease prevention
– Housing
– Calf nutrition until weaning
– Heifer nutrition and rearing post weaning o Management of the main calf diseases (neonatal diarrhoea, respiratory disease)

Learning Outcomes:

On the completion of this module, students will be able to:
– Investigate and assess heifer rearing management on dairy farms and other dairy heifer rearing units
– Advise farmers on reasonable performance targets in the area of heifer rearing and calf health
– Develop strategies together with the farmer on how these targets can be reached
– Monitor the performance of heifer rearing systems
– Investigate cases of increased calf morbidity and/or mortality, or poor performance
– Give evidence-based advice after thorough review of the current literature on means to improve causative management factors which lead to increased calf morbidity and/or mortality, or poor performance

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