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

Calves need to lie dry. This seems like an easy goal, but in practice it still sometimes goes wrong. Calves lying wet or damp have a higher risk of respiratory problems and diarrhoea.

| Diarrhea

Diarrhoea is the most common condition in calves. "It hinders growth and development and leads to inconvenience, extra work and loss," explained Agrifirm's youngstock specialist Ger van Wersch, listing all the reasons why diarrhoea should be prevented and cured as much as possible. "One day of diarrhoea means four days of lost growth." Diarrhoea can be divided into nutrition-related diarrhoea and infectious diarrhoea.

| Hygiene

Hygiene around the youngest calves comes in four steps: the calving pen, the colostrum, the single-pen and the farmer. Wilbert Swinkels is a young animal specialist at Agrifirm and cannot emphasise often enough that hygiene is important to prevent diseases such as calf diarrhoea.

| Colostrum

You won't get any better as a health product for the young calf: colostrum. But what makes colostrum so unique? And what is the link to the dry period? Young livestock specialists Ger and Erwin share their knowledge.

| Hygiene

Water is essential for the young calf to stay well hydrated. Sufficient water intake is essential for good health. It helps to remove waste products from the body, supports the functioning of the kidneys, and helps to prevent dehydration and other health problems. Availability of clean drinking water is important. Always, every hour of the day.

| Colostrum, Diarrhea, Respiratory health

A calf is born with no antibodies against disease. It is therefore of life-saving importance that the calf be given as much colostrum as possible, as quickly as possible.

| Hygiene

The extent with which hygiene rules are followed varies from farmer to farmer. However, the key is to make certain actions a habit, which you then consistently stick to.

| Housing, Hygiene

It is important that the calf pen remains clean and dry. It appears very obvious but if calves become damp, even if it only affects their legs and lower belly, they quickly feel cold and run a greater risk of airway problems and diarrhea.

| Housing, Hygiene

A hygienic work approach prevents problems and eventually saves time. Time the livestock farmer spends cleaning and disinfecting pens and equipment is repaid with problem-free rearing. All-round the best outcome!

| Diarrhea