Transporting baby calves

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livestock truckGeni Wren The DCHA Gold Standards III from the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association includes information on transporting dairy calves to ensure their health and welfare.

Some tips for transporting young calves are:

  • Make sure calves are at least 24-hours old
  • Use clean/disinfected transport vehicles
  • Use appropriate bedding
  • Avoid stressful procedures prior to transport (vaccination/dehorning)
  • Minimize transport time
  • Transport the coolest times of the day in the summer
  • In cold weather cover ½-⅔ of the holes in the trailer, but not all of them
  • Schedule feed/water/rest breaks for long-hauls
  • Keep animals separated into small groups with gates in the trailer

See the full guidelines from the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association here

Read an article in Bovine Veterinarian on the transportation and health of baby calves here.

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fabian sanabria    
colombia  |  November, 02, 2012 at 06:36 PM

excellent topic. management of calves is certainly a critical event in the production

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