The Healthy Calf Podcast series is designed to help Ontario dairy and veal producers make informed decisions about youngstock health and welfare, with a focus on taking a more proactive approach to reduce disease and improve performance.

Ensuring umbilical health in calves

Anyone involved in calf care is likely familiar with identifying and treating common calfhood diseases such as diarrhea and respiratory disease, but how many are monitoring umbilical health? Umbilical infections can occur quite commonly in young calves and the effect if left untreated can be significant. Learn more about umbilical health in calves with Dr. Dave Renaud, a veterinarian and researcher from the Ontario Veterinary College. Listen as he discusses what we know and what research is currently being conducted on the topic in this Podcast.

Managing calves to prevent disease

Being proactive in preventing calf diseases is the best way to reduce the economic losses associated with reduced growth and performance, treatment costs, and calf loss. Identifying early signs of common calfhood diseases such as respiratory disease, diarrhea, and umbilical infections can be a challenge as symptoms can be subtle.

Developing a strategy employed by you and your staff to monitor and intervene with treatment as soon as possible can help to reduce the impact these diseases can have on your herd. Learn more about calf management strategies that are effective at preventing disease with Dr. Dave Renaud, a veterinarian and calf health expert and researcher at the Ontario Veterinary College, in this Podcast.