Newborn calves are infants and social animals. While dairy owners and managers cannot perfectly emulate the cow with her calf in a herd on pasture, dairy professionals can mimic the critical number of feedings and social needs of these young bovines thanks to pioneering dairies that are making group housing work.
New technology such as autofeeders (robots), cold pasteurized (acidified) self feeders and positive pressure directed ventilation have allowed this advancement to flourish. Investment financial risk is minimized due to substantial labor savings with these systems.
Come join many of the 40 known New York State herds and their Veterinarians at the Group-Housed Dairy Calf Systems Symposium in Syracuse. Four tours spread around New York State will follow the next week.
The Group-House Dairy Calf Systems Symposium will be held on Dec. 1 at the Doubletree Hotel in Syracuse, N.Y.
For more information, go to: http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/prodairy/calfsystems/