May 22, 2019 – Throughout 2018, DeLaval hosted a series of “Calf College” webinars, led by Dr. Robert James, Ph.D., PAS, a top expert in group calf feeding, Emeritus Professor from Virginia Tech University and member of GPS Dairy Consulting, LLC.
Resources ranging from newborn calf care all the way through weaning are now available in one place, for free, on the DeLaval website.
“Technology nowadays plays a large role in providing excellent care for calves,” says Dr. James. “Implementing it properly is critical to improving the wellness and development of your calves.” The Calf College webinar series walks you through, step by step, what could work on your farm.
Thousands of farmers and dairy industry members from across North America followed along with the 2018 webinar series. DeLaval is providing both access to the original webinars and written resources on each topic, including:
- Critical points for calf rearing
- Dry cow and calving management
- Feeding the newborn – foundations for success
- Feeding the preweaned calf – meeting nutrient requirements for growth
- Advantages and limitations for individual and group housing systems
- Choosing the calf feeder system
- Facilities for group housing
- Managing the calf feeder system
According to Dr. James, although the cost of raising a calf may be high when considering expenses like nutrient-dense food, labor and facilities, the time it takes to raise a calf is relatively short. Learn more in “Critical points for calf rearing.”
The automatic calf feeding system from DeLaval, the DeLaval calf feeder CF1000S is also featured in the series. “We know that feeding two meals per day is not desirable for the young calf, and we know that that’s one of the big advantages of the auto feeder system – we can have smaller, more frequent meals,” Dr. James states during “Choosing the calf feeder system.” This means providing enough milk or milk replacer and having a feeding plan in place to support the desired rate of gain or weaning strategy. This sort of flexibility, offered by the CF1000S, is a key advantage to automatic calf feeding.
DeLaval is proud to be able to draw from 135+ years of dairy farming expertise to provide resources like Calf College.