Young stock health
Grouping calves earlier improve herd productivity in the long term, leading to a decrease of the carbon footprint.
In collaboration with MSD Animal Health
Why does it matter?
Grouping calves at an early stage is not a widely adopted practice, due to the potential risk of calves developing health issues. Nevertheless, this can be avoided through adopting correct practices and lead to an improvement in herd productivity in the long term.
How did we solve this?
By progressively grouping calves earlier, potential health risks are mitigated. Four special houses were installed on the farm, grouping five calves within each.
Thanks to the correct grouping of calves, the animal welfare score increased from 56 to 58. The growth rate per day is expected to be higher for the calves that are grouped, in comparison to the control group. The project is ongoing and more information will be shared soon.
Opportunities for other farms?
Increasing the animal welfare score is a challenge that multiple farms are facing. Grouping calves earlier can be adopted on different farms, depending on the national regulations in force.