Every calf must have a buddy

Every calf must have a buddy

CowSignals trainer for 10 years Bengt Egil Elve shows us a calf shed in Norway. "They did a lot to improve calf rearing, with little effort".

European law requires that young calfs have a buddy. This is good for socialization and hightens feed intake by competition.

Here calfs can see and touch a neighbour over the fence in the middle. They can also 'chat' with calfs on the opposite side of the shed.

Tip from us: here you see calfs can also touch other neighbours through the front fence. If all calfs can touch, diseases can spread very rapidly. Therefore, we advise to keep them in couples of two.

More info on calf rearing in our video learning Young Stock Signals.

Comments (4)

Diana Leon

Very Good , Could be possible add some classical music ?

Gabriel Calderon

Two questions: would you please provide scientific information showing that raising calves in pairs will, in term result in greater individual weight gain?
And secondly, what European law requires such management with calves? Thanks

douwe veltman

Gabriel Calderon wrote:
Two questions: would you please provide scientific information showing that raising calves in pairs will, in term result in greater individual weight gain?
And secondly, what European law requires such management with calves? Thanks

COUNCIL DIRECTIVE 97/2/EC of 20 January 1997 amending Directive 91/629/EEC laying
down minimum standards for the protection of calves
http://ec.europa.eu/food/fs/aw/aw_legislation/calves/97-2-ec_en.pdf

Joep Driessen

Gabriel Calderon wrote:
Two questions: would you please provide scientific information showing that raising calves in pairs will, in term result in greater individual weight gain?
And secondly, what European law requires such management with calves? Thanks

Hi Gabriel, I see that Douwe already answered your second question. For the first question, have a look here:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022030202740824
Also: Danish researcher (forgot the name, will get back to you) and vet school guelph canada published some interesting stuff.

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