Knowledge base

We work closely alongside farmers, veterinarians and scientists to constantly expand our knowledge, which we are then happy to share with you.

| Housing

From the straw pen to lying boxes is always a big change for calves. From a warm bed of straw where they can lie together, they need to learn to settle down in the individual pens.

| Housing, Milk powder

The ideal group size is between four and six calves. When feeding with buckets or for example at a milk bar, this is a manageable number of animals of around the same age, that will not compete too much.

| Housing

Calves should be kept on straw for three to four months. Then comes the lying box with a floor grating, to prevent calves’ claws growing too long. However, to encourage rapid growth and good health, Lieke Janssen, young cattle specialist at Agrifirm in The Netherlands, recommends the straw pen.

| Milk powder

Higher concentration and more liters for a higher growth potential. Read about the positive effects of intensified feeding.

| Milk powder

Fat or oil in feed for young animals provide energy. They are also important for absorption of fat soluble vitamins (Vitamin A, D, E and K) and play a role in processes like resistance, metabolism and gene expression.

| Milk powder

Many stories circulate about feeding Kalvolac, calf milk replacer instead of cow’s milk. Let’s review the myths and the facts!

| Milk powder

Optimal calf rearing starts with colostrum, followed by the right feeding of a premium calf milk replacer, access to fresh water and concentrate as well as a good housing and hygiene.

| Diarrhea, Milk powder, Respiratory health

We all know that cows are ruminants. However, a newborn calf (pre-ruminant) acts like a monogastric animal. The milk bypasses the rumen and flows directly into the abomasum by the esophageal groove reflex. So if you want your calves to become strong and high milk producing heifers, it is of high importance that the rumen starts developing as soon as possible, without limiting the energy intake in the first weeks of life! This is the challenge!

| Colostrum, Housing, Milk powder

Watch the videos of two young stock specialist to learn more on supporting calves during warm periods and prevent diarrhea in calves.

| Colostrum, Milk powder

A good start is half the work. This saying certainly applies to the newborn calves. The right strategy for colostrum management, the milk period and weaning ensures that young calves have a solid foundation for a long and productive life. Here 2 tips from our youngstock specialist Coco Bruyere.