Decrease the use of antibiotics by keeping your calves healthy

Here we see an example of a farm where they have little problems with calf health. CowSignals friend and veterinarian Jaap Brand shows us around and explains their success factors.

The calves are born in the straw yard and stay three weeks in the hutches you see here. From day 1 they receive roughage, concentrate, water and of course milk. Excellent hygiene and ventilation.

What do you do to keep your calves healthy? Please share your thoughts!

Learn more about calf rearing in our video course YoungStock Signals.

Comments (2)

Torrie L Condet

I like these mobile calf hutches, they look easy to set up, maneuver, and remove for cleaning. I usually see hutches outside. What factors with the mobile hutches lead to better overall calf health? Is it the fact that they are raised off the ground, or is it more because of the controlled environment inside a building? How easy is it to get the calves in and out? Have you had incidences of injury when removing the calves – the hutches look a little high off the ground. Thank you again for a look at innovation in the industry!

Anouk Brinkhoff

Torrie L Condet wrote:
I like these mobile calf hutches, they look easy to set up, maneuver, and remove for cleaning. I usually see hutches outside. What factors with the mobile hutches lead to better overall calf health? Is it the fact that they are raised off the ground, or is it more because of the controlled environment inside a building? How easy is it to get the calves in and out? Have you had incidences of injury when removing the calves – the hutches look a little high off the ground. Thank you again for a look at innovation in the industry!

Hi,
Mostly outside is better for the calves, but then they need a walk out for escaping extreme heat!
Inside is nicer for farmer in winter!
New borns want to have 20 degrees Celcius

Farmer is happy with the fans and aircontrol inside. More stable.

Thanks for your comments

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