Local farmer John Mills claims that the most important aspect of calf care is giving them the best start. Johnfarms in partnership with his wife Yvonne and their four children: Alan, David, Jenna and Sam at Abbeyshrule . They are running the “Avalon” pedigree herd of Holstein Friesians and will calve down over 100 cows on a spring production system.
“It’s critical we get a good start for our calves as they are our future genetics, I am a firm believer that calves should not have any setback in growth rates and the fact that I can add Rehydion to the milk ensures that there is little or no weight loss. It is a simple an effective product,” John explained.
Current herd average is 7000 litres and the breeding policy is for milk protein and solids. Supplying Connacht Gold and Lakeland Dairies the Mills family put great emphasis on rearing strong replacement heifers that will calve at 2 years of age.
“We have a tight calving pattern and hope to maximise spring grazing. The bull calves are sold within two weeks and we rear all heifer calves”.
“If I see any wet or damp tailed calves I will give them a dose of Rehydion into the milk, there is no mixing and it is very quick. Previously I would have to take the calves off milk and then feed sachets, this took too much time and often the remains of the sachet would be seen in the bottom of the bucket after drinking.”
Rehydion clots the milk and also heals the gut wall. “It’s just simple - David and Jenna who help with the calves can treat the animal if I’m busy elsewhere”
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