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, 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!

| Housing
| Housing

It is difficult to assess calf growth when the animals are still young. The rate of growth is even more difficult to estimate during the period from the start through to the moment they are placed on grates. Read more for tips from our specialist.

| Housing, Hygiene, Respiratory health

Transporting young calves and placing them in a new environment with calves from other farms represents a huge health challenge. Veterinarian Niels Geurts of the Thewi veterinary practice in The Netherlands sees the consequences of the process on a daily basis and points out the areas for improvement in calf rearing on dairy farms.

| Housing, Respiratory health

As the outside temperature falls, it is important to keep calves warm. Cold consumes energy which is then not available for growth. Young cattle specialist Johan Verdaasdonk shares tips to prevent a growth dip by cold weather.

| 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.

| 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.