Calves and calving
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Every spring, a new group of people get the urge to rear 'a few calves' to make some extra income.
If you buy calves directly from the farm where they were born you can see the conditions they have come from.
Digestion in the calf
The very young calf is described as "monogastric", ie. it has a single stomach like pigs, poultry, and mankind.
The importance of good calf rearing
Growth follows an S-shaped curve, and each stage on it affects the next one along. Birth weight strongly affects weaning weight, which then affects weight at puberty, which then affects weight at maturity.
Twins in cattle are not common- about 1 set in every 4000 births. Some dairy farmers find they have a run of twins in some seasons and these are difficult to explain.
Protecting your valuable future money earners is a vital part of your animal health program.
Check your source
It’s not until you end up trying to save scouring calves from death row that you realise what a risk buying calves can be.
A calf's trip home
A light-hearted view of life from the calf’s viewpoint – but with a serious animal welfare message.