Calving Management

Five Tips for Healthier Calves

Management: Cows

Nutrition:     Concentrate Feeds

Nutrition:    Nutraceuticals 

Proper Calving Management:

Proper calving management, including regular monitoring of pregnant cows, proper nutrition during the last trimester, and clean calving areas, can help ensure a successful calving and reduce the risk of calving-related problems such as dystocia and calf mortality.

Proper Calf Nutrition:

Proper nutrition is essential for the health of the claves. Initially colostrum, then milk, calf starter and after weaning a well-balanced diet that meets the nutritional needs of the cow and the growing calf should be provided. This includes a good source of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.

Regular Herd Health Assessments:

Regular herd health assessments by a veterinarian can help identify any health problems early on and prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Vaccination programs and parasite control measures can also be implemented to maintain good herd health.

Adequate Housing & Environment:

Adequate housing and a clean environment are essential for the health and welfare of the cow and calf. They should be housed in well-ventilated, clean, and comfortable facilities. The calf should have a clean, dry, and warm environment to help prevent hypothermia and other health problems.

Timely Weaning and Vaccination:

Timely weaning and vaccination of calves can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases and reduce stress on the calf. Vaccination programs should be developed with the assistance of a veterinarian and should be based on the specific needs of the herd. Weaning should be done gradually and at the appropriate age to minimize stress on the calf and ensure proper growth and development.

The high protein and highly digestible energy in DairyLac Calf Starter aid in rumen development, reduce weaning stress, and avoid diarrhea. It has a significant impact on bone and muscle growth, resulting in a productive and healthy replacement in the herd.

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Freedom from Hunger & Thirst:

Our cows receive a well-balanced diet tailored to their specific requirements to meet their nutritional needs. We maintain regular feeding intervals and ensure constant access to clean, fresh water to prevent hunger and thirst.

Freedom from Discomfort:

We create a comfortable and clean environment for our cows. We provide ample space for our cows to lie down, rest, and move around without restrictions. We ensure that their living conditions are free from sharp edges, rough surfaces, and any other factors that may cause discomfort or injury.

Freedom from Pain, Injury & Disease:

The health of our cows is of utmost importance. Our veterinarians provide routine check-ups and timely treatment, ensuring that our cows are free from pain, injury, and disease. We perform procedures like dehorning or castration on our cows with proper anesthesia and pain relief to minimize any potential discomfort.

Freedom to Express Normal Behavior:

Cows are social animals with natural behaviors. At DairyLac, we enable our cows to express their natural instincts. By providing opportunities for grazing, rumination, free movement, and socialization with other cows. They also have access to the outdoors, allowing them to engage in activities like scratching, grooming, and exploring.

Freedom from Fear & Distress:

We prioritize the emotional well-being of our cows by creating a safe and stress-free environment. Our staff is trained in proper handling techniques to ensure that cows feel secure and calm. We strictly avoid any rough handling or inappropriate use of tools that may cause fear or distress.

The Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare are integral to our approach at DairyLac. By following these principles, our aim is to provide our cows with the highest standard of care, ensuring their health, contentment, and fulfillment.

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