Have a critical look at your stress-free calving line. What can you do better?

Here we see an example of a stress-free calving line. We think it's great this farmer has one, every barn should have one!

Since we want to keep optimizing our cow care, we keep being critical as well.
So here are two points of improvement:

1. Get a cuddle box
We see that the calf is already a bit dirty. Also, she is very close to other, possible sick, cows. A smart solution is to make a little box on the side: a cuddle box. Here the mother can still lick her calf, but the calf is also placed in a clean environment.

2. Make a fence in the middle
That way you can keep the fresh cows away from the pre-calving cows.

Always look for things you can do better! What can you do better on your own farm?
Please share your thoughts, that way we can exchange ideas!

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Comments (5)

Frank Lessinck

In Israel I have already seen a diaryfarmer placed netting around the calf directly after calving in the housing. Reason to keep the calf of the teeth, the get Always the right (clean and high quality colostum prepaired.

Joep Driessen

Frank Lessinck wrote:
In Israel I have already seen a diaryfarmer placed netting around the calf directly after calving in the housing. Reason to keep the calf of the teeth, the get Always the right (clean and high quality colostum prepaired.

Thanks for your suggestion Frank!

Don Hoenig

Nice idea for the cuddle box but I'm just wondering why you have a sick cow with diarrhea in the calving pen. We generally recommend that calving and sick pens be separate.
Thanks.

Joep Driessen

Don Hoenig wrote:
Nice idea for the cuddle box but I'm just wondering why you have a sick cow with diarrhea in the calving pen. We generally recommend that calving and sick pens be separate.
Thanks.

Hi Don, Good remark! That's actually one of the reasons why we advise the cuddle box: to keep the calf clean and away from the sick cow.

Joep Driessen

Don Hoenig wrote:
Nice idea for the cuddle box but I'm just wondering why you have a sick cow with diarrhea in the calving pen. We generally recommend that calving and sick pens be separate.
Thanks.

And you are right, in the design there is a strap divider between the calving cows and the fresh ( and sometimes weak cows). So minimize the risk for mother and child around birth!!

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