7 Tips for Low-Stress Calf Weaning
Weaning time is a stressful time for calves. Stress often creates a weakened immune system in calves and in turn can lead to sickness. It is best to expose the calves to the least amount of stress as possible during the weaning process. The key is a quick transition to get them eating. Follow these seven guidelines to reduce stress and help calves stay happy and healthy as they adjust to their new environment.
- Early introduction: Introduce new feedstuffs while the calf is still with their dam.
- Water: Check waterers regularly to ensure your calves have access to clean water.
- 2.5 percent of body weight: For the first seven days after weaning, make sure calves are consuming at least 2.5 percent of their bodyweight.
- One foot: Each calf needs roughly one foot of bunk space available at all times.
- Lick tubs: Make mineral tubs available to calves. Licking the tubs causes salivation and salivation can encourage increased consumption of feed.
- Plan ahead: It’s inevitable – calves get sick. Work diligently with your veterinarian to have a plan of attack in place for when the time arises.
- Goal is a quick adjustment: The sooner your calves adjust and eat, the less likely they are to get sick.
For more information, contact your local Landmark animal nutritionist.