What are the “big five” calf management areas that get overlooked in the spring? Sam Leadley, calf and heifer management specialist with Attica Veterinary Associates, Attica, NY, says they are:
- Not enough to eat
- Not enough coccidiostat consumed
- Not enough clean, dry bedding
- Not chilling colostrum quickly enough
- Not using effective cleaning procedures
The result, says Leadley, is a higher-than-normal proportion of sick and underperforming calves. He outlines his advice for each management area in the latest issue of his Calving Ease newsletter.