Finding information about raising calves is not always easy. As busy farmers or students, our time is limited and searching the Internet for calf information is often time consuming and confusing. This website, created by the Veal Farmers of Ontario, pulls together calf rearing resources into a single website designed to help you improve the way calves are raised on your farm.
Calf Care Corner is our bi-monthly e-newsletter. It delivers the latest information and ideas to help you improve the way calves are raised on your farm. If you’d like to receive it in your inbox, send us an email and we’ll add you to our list.
New Video Resource: Calf Welfare in the First 24 Hours
As part of the “On-farm animal welfare producer education series” project, Veal Farmers of Ontario (VFO) has created a video showing how to care for calves in the first 24 hours of life. The first 24 hours after a calf is born can have tremendous effects on their overall performance and health throughout their life. This makes early management and rearing practices a key component to raising a healthy, hardy calf for the dairy, veal and dairy-beef industries. Animal care is a top priority for VFO, and through new research projects, innovation and education, we continue to work with producers to find solutions to their on-farm issues and improve calf health in the province.
Key information sources:
Calf Notes by Dr. Jim Quigley
Calving Ease by Dr. Sam Leadley
Dr. Dan Weary, The University of British Columbia
Dr. Sheila McGuirk, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Dairy and Animal Science, Penn State