Joep and Brian are checking the calf shed here. They have five tips for you:
1. Check the air ventilation.
You can do this with a lighter (it should be blown out) or by throwing up some straw (it should land within a meter away). Make sure there isn't too much air flow: you don't want a draft!
2. Check the straw pack
You really want a dry pack here.
3. Check the calves
Signs we notice here are coughing and a bit of rough skin.
4. Check the temperature
Calves really need to be warm enough. Here we see jackets being used for extra warmth. Another option is to give them a bigger straw pack.
5. Check the barn set-up
In this video we like the set up with metal. However, it is a bit dark. Here, an improvement can be to go for curtains: that way you can go for great air flow and light in the warmer months and keep out the cold the rest of the time.
What is your best tip to keep calves healthy in colder times? Please share with us below.