The stress of moving calves from individual pens or hutches to a group pen is unavoidable, but you can decrease the impact. To minimize stress during the first few weeks of the transition, try the following strategies shared by Sam Leadley, calf-care expert at Attica (N.Y.) Veterinary Associates.

1. Keep feeding the same ration that the calves received in their individual pens.

2. Provide ample bunk space per animal. Aim for at least 18 to 24 inches per animal.



Once there, click on “June 2004 – Feeding Space for Heifers.”