Managing pre-weaned calves in group housing is different than managing young calves in individual pens or hutches. Assessing things like the amount of milk, water or solid feed consumed, or manure passed is much simpler when calves are housed individually. Despite this, producers can successfully raise healthy and well-grown calves efficiently in groups from a young age.
Considerations for managing group-housed calves
Calf age, group size, health and disease, space allowance, caring for sick calves, and calf behaviour all need to be considered when grouping calves.